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The contentious Civil War symbol was taken down by a group of honor guards from the South Carolina highway patrol in front of hundreds of citizens, both for and against the movement.

The dead included Emanuel’s chief pastor Clementa Pinckney, a Democratic state senator.

Howell said that very confederate flag launched an economic boycott of the Palmetto State by the NAACP.

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A powerful symbol … but of what?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted on Friday that clerical errors helped the white suspect pass a background check to buy the weapon he allegedly used in the attack. The flag was carried by Confederate troops from 1861 to 1865 and has flown at the state capitol for 54 years. They stood stoically as they waited to take down the Confederate flag.

Jonathan Blanks is with the CATO Institute. A pair of Citadel cadets, one white and one black, lowered the flag from the dome as a dozen Confederate re-enactors marched to the brand new flagpole and raised the rebel banner.

The head of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Charles Kelly Barrow, issued a statement on Thursday saying he was “dismayed” by the signing of the law, describing it as a “politically convenient insult to the legacy of millions of South Carolinians”.

Pope said: “We’re all gray”. They point to the popular 1970s and 80s television show called the “The Dukes of Hazzard”. “I was taught if you see that flag displayed, it’s a bewarement being an African American or black person”, she said.

“A signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future”, President Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president, said on Twitter.

Haley signed the bill to remove the flag late Thursday afternoon.

Its final lowering in South Carolina was witnessed by families of those killed in the Charleston church massacre and was welcomed by lawmakers and rights campaigners.

At the Statehouse on Friday morning, flag supporters were vastly outnumbered, but some were present.

It was a festive atmosphere and as the flag made its way down the pole, crowds cheered and chanted. One of the curators, Joe Long, says the museum has a collection of Confederate battle flags.

Haley said South Carolinians honor tradition and history but the Confederate flag belongs in a museum where people can honor it appropriately.

“If they did, there wouldn’t be so much hate and violence”, he said.

And the Dukes of Hazzard vehicle?

An Upstate reverend confronted another man dressed as a Confederate soldier and blamed him for slavery and racially-motivated lynchings during the Civil War.