UPDATED Friday, July 10, 2015, 10:16 a.m. ET
Shortly after 10 a.m. Eastern time on Friday the confederate flag flying over South Carolina’s statehouse was lowered for good, while thousands cheered, chanted and sang. The flag was received by a representative of its new home: the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.
— Sheryl Huggins (@sherylhugg) July 10, 2015
In the bloody aftermath of a bitter debate sparked by a racially motivated massacre at Emanuel AME Church last month, the Confederate flag will no longer fly at the South Carolina Statehouse.
On Thursday, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation for the removal of the flag, which has flown over the capitol’s dome or on its grounds since 1961, according to The Washington Post.
The killings at Mother Emanuel spurred a national conversation from the statehouse to the White House to Capitol Hill, after photos emerged of Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman, waving the battle flag.
Now, Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio called for a review of Confederate symbols and memorabilia, which is likely to include those on display in the nation’s Capitol, writes The Post:
Boehner was forced to halt consideration of a government funding measure after it became engulfed by the Confederate flag controversy and whether it was appropriate to display the flags at national cemeteries where Confederate soldiers are buried.
The dispute pitted Southern conservatives who asserted that the tradition was part of their heritage against members of the Congressional Black Caucus who view the flag as a symbol of slavery and oppression.
We’re glad this reprehensible symbol is being removed from the South Carolina Statehouse, and is under review for removal at the nation’s Capitol. We also hope that the racist attitudes and divisions it represents are removed along with it.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.Source:Alex Colby 1 of 20
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 2 of 20
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 3 of 20
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:Getty 4 of 20
5. A Charleston County sheriff's deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 5 of 20
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 6 of 20
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 7 of 20
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 8 of 20
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.Source:Getty 9 of 20
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.Source:Getty 10 of 20
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 11 of 20
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 12 of 20
13. The congregation departs following Sunday services at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 13 of 20
14. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 14 of 20
15. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 15 of 20
16. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel's first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:Alex Colby 16 of 20
17. Church members comfort one another outside of Emanuel.Source:Alex Colby 17 of 20
18. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.Source:Alex Colby 18 of 20
19. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church's first service since the shooting on June 17.Source:Alex Colby 19 of 20
20. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.Source:Alex Colby 20 of 20