Miller is the cousin of Rev. Daniel Simmons, one of the nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. A white man has been charged in what authorities have called a racially motivated killing.

The flag is coming down 23 days after the massacre of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney and eight others inside Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

“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.

Ceremony… A state police honour guard in white gloves lowered the flag.

Officials estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 people were on hand, according to Sherri Iacobelli of the state Department of Public Safety. Then, when the flag was given to an archivist, Haley clapped.

MCFADYEN: The museum hasn’t said when this latest flag to their collection will be put on display.

“Will people still wear the symbol on their T-shirts or fly it from their homes?”

House lawmakers debated the issue for over 13 hours, partially because some wanted to amend the bill to protect the flag’s future.

African-American activists have long called for the removal of the flag from Capitol grounds.

The reversal seemed unthinkable just a month ago.

The backlash against its use has grown following the church massacre on June 17, leading major retailers to withdraw it from stock, and country music acts to stop flaunting it at their concerts.

South Carolina lawmakers voted to remove the flag from flying at the Capitol grounds in Columbia and Haley signed the bill into law Thursday.

The historic ceremony marked the end of an era and was conducted by South Carolina state troopers, who marched in formation in front of a cheering crowd of hundreds.

An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway Patrol arrived on the grounds of the Statehouse at 9:55am.

“May we never forget the actions that those people took to get us to this point today”, the governor said on Thursday. They are wearing white gloves.

The flag has flown at the capitol for 54 years, Reuters reported.

Among the throngs gathered outside the statehouse were those who supported removing the flag, considered by many to be a symbol of slavery and oppression, but also those who believe it represents Southern pride and heritage.

Championship events sanctioned by the NCAA have been banned in South Carolina for almost 15 years.

Friday morning, in an unofficial act, someone did. The alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, frequently posed with the flag and included it in an apparent manifesto. She spent just over five minutes looking over the crowd, which quickly turned and began snapping pictures.

Afterward, she and her staff headed back to her first-floor office.

Friday’s removal of the Confederate flag once and for all proves that legislators and politicians from both parties agree with the sentiments stated by Bree Newsome. “I think the Confederate flag doesn’t symbolize what it means to be united as one people”, said Tammy Stelnicki. The flag came down shortly after 10 a.m., and will be placed at the Confederate Relic Room. And no one should drive by the statehouse and feel pain. Teens from across the nation came, competing as part of the NAACP’s Youth Achievement Program.