Governor Nikki Haley Relegates Confederate Flat From State Grounds to Relic Room

South Carolina's governor relegated the Confederate flag to the state's "relic room" on Thursday, more than 50 years after the rebel banner began flying at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement.
Compelled to act by the slaughter of nine African-Americans at a church Bible study, Gov. Nikki Haley praised lawmakers for acknowledging that the long-celebrated symbol is too painful and divisive to keep promoting.
Haley said before signing the bill. "we will bring it down with dignity and we will make sure it is stored in its rightful place."
The bill, which moved through multiple votes in the Senate before moving to House where it ultimately passed by a 93-27 vote; well above the two-thirds majority needed to make changes to the state's "heritage" symbols.



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