COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the state is getting ready to remove the rebel banner. 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. It should get to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk before the end of the day. The governor promised to sign it quickly, but didn’t say exactly when. That’s important, because the bill requires the flag be taken down within 24 hours of her pen hitting the paper and shipped to the Confederate Relic Room.
UPDATE: via CNN – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at 4 p.m. ET today will sign a bill ordering the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds, according to her office. The flag will be removed at 10 a.m. Friday, according to a tweet from Haley aide Rob Godfrey.