(WLTX) -Columbia, SC (WLTX) – The Confederate battle flag will soon come down from the grounds of the South Carolina capitol, after a historic vote by the South Carolina House early Thursday morning gave final legislative approval to removing the banner.
Just after 1 a.m., lawmakers voted 94-20 to okay the bill on a third reading after almost 15 hours of contentious debate.
See the full Roll Call vote further down in this article.
Governor Nikki Haley will sign the bill at 4 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of the capitol building. Chaney Adams, a spokesperson for the governor, said the flag will be removed in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.
“Today, as the Senate did before them, the House of Representatives has served the State of South Carolina and her people with great dignity,” Haley said in a statement shortly after the vote. “I’m grateful for their service and their compassion. It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.”
Once it’s down, it will be placed at the Confederate Relic Room, a museum just down the road from the State House.
“We stand here on this historic moment giving thanks to all those people that crossed party lines that recognized South Carolina needed to be in a better place and we believe we are in that better place,” said Rep. Todd Rutherford, a Democrat from Columbia.
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