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South Carolina removes Confederate flag from statehouse

Amid chanting and cheering, the Confederate flag was lowered for a final time Friday on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse, where it has flown for 54 years.

A bill pulling down the flag from the Capitol’s front lawn and the flagpole it flies on passed the South Carolina House early Thursday morning and Gov. Nikki Haley signed it into law later that day.

After the Civil War, the flag was first flown over the dome of South Carolina’s Capitol in 1961 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the war. It stayed as a protest to the Civil Rights movement, only moving in 2000 from the dome to its current location.

The flag will be moved to a nearby museum.

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