South Carolina’s Confederate flag: What’s next?

What to expect now that both the state Senate and House have passed bills to take down the flag.

FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, a Confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain, Ga. Mainstream country music has been quietly distancing itself from the Confederate flag for years, but as the debate reignites following a massacre at a black church in South Carolina on June 17, country artists still struggle to articulate their feelings about the flag’s history and symbolism. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (MEDIA GENERAL) – Following more than 13 hours of contentious debate Wednesday that carried into early Thursday morning, the South Carolina state House of Representatives passed a Senate bill to remove the Confederate flag from the state Capitol.

So what should we expect today?

The bill now moves to the desk of Gov. Nikki Haley, who called for the state Legislature to take down the flag. No official time has been given for when she intends to sign the bill, but when she does, the flag will be taken down within 24 hours, according to the mandate.

Haley is expected to sign the bill at some point Thursday.

Where will the flag go?

The bill says the Confederate flag will be taken down from its position on the state Capitol grounds and placed in the nearby Confederate Relic Room for appropriate display.

The Confederate Relic Room is part of the South Carolina Military Museum, which sits a few blocks away from the state Capitol. The museum maintains exhibits covering most American conflicts, including the state’s noted history of martial tradition. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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