Surrounded by members of the “Emanuel 9” family, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley made good on a June promise by signing the bill to remove the Confederate Flag from in front of the state legislature on Thursday.
The bill landed on the governor’s desk on Thursday morning, despite facing strong opposition in the state House on Wednesday, and was signed just after 4:15 pm, EST. (RELATED: South Carolin House Passes Bill To Take Down Confederate flag)
“We are a state that believes in tradition. We are are a state that believes in history. We are a state that believes in respect,” noted Haley. “We will bring it down with dignity and remember that it’s put in the proper place.”
According to CNN, that proper place is the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia, which pays tribute to the state’s military contributions from the Revolutionary War through the present.
The flag’s removal is tentatively set for Friday at 10:00 am, EST.