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Senator proposes bill moving Confederate flag from Statehouse to museum

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM
A Confederate flag.

A South Carolina senator has proposed a bill that would move the Confederate flag from the Statehouse to a relic room in a museum.

Democratic Senator Vincent Sheheen introduced the bill yesterday. It would move the flag from a 30-foot pole in front of the Statehouse to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

Sheheen's introduction came after lawmakers overwhelmingly agreed to take the first step to debating the flag, which is likely to occur later this summer.

Sheheen made the proposal after nine black church members were killed in Charleston in what police say was a racially motivated attack by a young white man. The suspected gunman was photographed holding a Confederate flag in a purported manifesto.