Confederate Flag Removed From Front of South Carolina Statehouse
“We will bring it down with dignity and we will make sure it is stored in its rightful place,” South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said.
After 54 years of flying over South Carolina state house, the Confederate flag was taken down this morning on July 10, 2015. Shortly after 10 a.m., seven honor guards from the South Carolina Highway Patrol marched to the base of the 30-foot flagpole on the South Carolina Capitol grounds and lowered the Confederate flag during a 6-minute ceremony. A crowd of 10,000 people shouted, “Take it down!” “U.S.A.!” Then they began jubilantly singing, “Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye.”
Dylann Storm Roof
The removal of the flag comes in the wake of a shooting massacre that killed nine churchgoers, including longtime State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney. The admitted gunman, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston 23 days ago. He sat with the Wednesday Bible study members, praying with them before he opened fire. Roof, who was influenced by white supremacists, had been photographed holding the Confederate flag. The emblem’s connection to the tragedy catalyzed a movement throughout the country demanding the removal of the flag from the State House grounds.
It’s a Great Day in South Carolina!
July 10, 2015, represent a final turning point for the Confederate flag and closes a chapter of ugly history for the South. It is also a celebration to a new South Carolina and a blessing to all the people who had to endure the embarrassment of the flag.
Patsy Eaddy, a black woman, said there was a “sense of embarrassment” of seeing the flag still flying after all these years. She attended the ceremony to see the important milestone in the civil rights movement.
“We lived through the turbulent ’60s. I’m just so happy to be here to witness this,” she said.
“South Carolina taking down the confederate flag – a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future.” President Barack Obama tweeted on his twitter account minutes after the flag was down. President Obama delivered a eulogy at the funeral for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was also pastor of the church where the killings took place.
God Bless, South Carolina!
By Shamarie, 10th Jul 2015