Haley called for the flag’s removal from Statehouse grounds last month, after a shooter killed nine people at the historic church in Charleston.
The NAACP – the nation’s oldest civil rights organization – launched an economic boycott against South Carolina fifteen years ago, and said it would remain until the flag was removed from Capitol grounds.
The flag will be removed at 10 a.m. Friday.
Republican Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday signed a General Assembly-approved bill that sent the battle flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, located several blocks away from the Statehouse complex.
On Wednesday night and Thursday morning, South Carolina members of the House of Representatives debated over the meaning and future of the battle flag.
In South Carolina, the first state to secede during the 1861-1865 Civil War, this week’s debate in the state legislature brought an emotional closure to a symbol long divisive in the state. They handed it a third trooper.
Craven officials are hopeful that campers will respect their request, but no further action will be taken against those who continue to display the flag.
The flag came down 23 days after the massacre of state Sen.
Authorities say they believe the killings were racially motivated. Flag supporters shouted, “Off the dome and in your face!” at protesters who wanted the flag gone, a line of police in special gear separating the two sides.
Many people in the crowd stood there, surprised that it happened so quickly and quietly.
Hours after the flag was taken down, the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed that the gunman charged with the massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack. “And I felt like everything that needed to be said had been said, so there wasn’t a need for speeches or oratory or anything else at that point”.
“What a proud moment it is, not for the state of South Carolina only, but for this republic – the United States of America – when a symbol of hatred and of division and exclusion was brought down”, said Roslyn Brock, NAACP Board of Directors.
That year a political compromise led to the flag being removed from the State House’s dome and another raised on a 30-foot flagpole at the Confederate Soldier Monument in front of the State House. “No one should ever drive by the Statehouse and feel like they don’t belong”. Then she gave a pen to each of the families of the nine church shooting victims.
Paul Hazen, owner of The Old Sign Shop, took down a licence plate adorned with the flag when the newspaper spoke with him.