It’s Coming Down

Following my recent posts on the Confederate flag in South Carolina:

It’s officially coming down.

Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a law to remove it after the state House and Senate approved the bill. Our story:

The Confederate flag is scheduled to come down Friday morning after more than half a century on the state Capitol grounds, lowered in a solemn ceremony and placed in a nearby museum.

A beaming Gov. Nikki Haley signed a historic bill Thursday, paving the way for the flag’s removal and capping a whirlwind push to take down a divisive symbol that has been a part of the state’s political landscape for decades.

“Today, I am very proud to say, ‘It’s a great day in South Carolina,” she said, flanked by hundreds of people, including three former governors, a bipartisan coalition of legislators and onlookers eager to bear witness to a day some thought would never come. She signed the bill with nine pens, one for each of the families who lost a loved one in the June 17 church shooting that prompted the soul searching that is now bringing the flag down.

Meanwhile, embedded above and on YouTube here: a powerful speech Republican Jenny Horne made late in the deliberations.

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