South Carolina Governor To Sign Bill Removing Flag

Posted at 11:55 AM, Jul 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 17:07:37-04

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Gov. Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag will be removed from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds on Friday morning.

Spokeswoman Chaney Adams says the flag will come down in a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.

He did not give any other details.

Haley has said she will sign the bill to remove the flag at 4 p.m. Thursday. The House passed the bill early Thursday. The measure says the flag must be removed within 24 hours of her signature.

The Confederate flag has flown on the Statehouse grounds for 54 years since being put up as a protest of the Civil Rights movement.

Haley and other conservatives didn't begin a push to remove the flag until nine black churchgoers were killed in a church shooting in Charleston by a gunman who police say was motivated by racial hatred.

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