In an overwhelming majority of 94-20, South Carolina’s House of Representatives voted early Thursday to remove the Confederate from the state house grounds after a lengthy and bitter debate over the issue. The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Niki Haley who voiced her support in the removal of the flag and will be expected to sign it. The South Carolina Senate passed the bill on Monday in a vote of 36-3.
If signed, the bill would remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds and move it to the Confederate relic room at the Military Museum in Columbia. The flag could come down as early as Friday.
The calls to remove the flag spiked after the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston by Dylan Roof. Roof was pictured on a website he allegedly owned holding the flag along with a white supremacist infused manifesto.