South Carolina’s Confederate Flag Comes Down to Cheers, Singing

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Confederate Flag Removed From South Carolina Statehouse
An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol lowers the Confederate battle flag as it is removed from the Capitol grounds Friday, July 10, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Photo: John Moore/2015 Getty Images

South Carolina’s Confederate flag came down from the state house Friday morning. The guards lowered the flag in just a few minutes, as a crowd cheered and screamed and sung at the historic moment (or just felt sad — flag supporters, apparently did turn out). The pole will also come down, and the flag will stay in the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

Here’s the scene of celebration as the South Carolina ends one era, and begins another:

Spectators prepare for the removal of the Confederate flag. Photo: John Moore/2015 Getty Images
Lowering of the flag. Photo: John Bazemore/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.
Celebration. Photo: John Moore/2015 Getty Images
The crowd cheers as the flag falls. Photo: John Moore/2015 Getty Images
An honor guard member hands the flag over to the museum curator. Photo: John Bazemore/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.
Cheers, Singing at SC Confederate Flag’s Fall