Under a bill that could get to Governor Nikki Haley’s desk on Thursday, the Confederate flag will be removed from the Statehouse grounds, but it won’t go very far — in fact, its new home would be less than a mile away.
The bill, which passed through the Senate and the House this week, calls for the flag to be taken down from its current location over the Confederate Soldier Monument (the exact placement of which is enshrined in South Carolina state law) within 24 hours of Governor Nikki Haley’s approval. The bill then directs that the flag be moved to the Confederate Relic Room “for appropriate display.” The state-run Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is located less than a mile from the Statehouse.
What ultimately happens to the Confederate symbol though will now depend on the House, which is expected to begin debating the bill on Wednesday. The legislation has the support of Governor Haley.
Tuesday’s Senate approval of the bill comes three weeks after a shooting massacre in a historic black church in Charleston that left nine people dead, including a state Senator.
A survey of lawmakers by The Associated Press, The Post and Courier of Charleston and the South Carolina Press Association showed two-thirds of the House’s 124 members want to bring the flag down, however, the survey did not ask about what should be done with the flag once it is removed.
A look at where the Confederate flag could be moved:
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.