After 54 years, the South Carolina confederate flag has been removed. The removal comes on the heels of South Carolina church massacre that left 9 people dead, including Sen. Clementa Pickney.

The flag, which was raised up on the capital in 1961 to protest integration, was lowered by an honor guard of South Carolina troopers. Gov. Nikki Haley stood on the Statehouse steps and did not speak, though she nodded in the direction of the crowd after someone shouted: “Thank you governor.”

Two troopers rolled the flag and tied it up with a string and handed it to a black trooper who brought it to the Statehouse steps and handed it to a state archivist. The governor clapped when it was handed to the archivist.

A van was to take the flag to the nearby Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. There, it eventually will be housed in a multimillion-dollar shrine lawmakers promised to build as part of a deal to get a bill passed removing the flag.

People in the crowd could be heard chanting “Take it down. Take it down”.

Haley stated it was a great day in South Carolina.

Too bad this great day only came after people were killed.

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