Alan Hoyle of North Carolina holds a confederate battle flag and bible outside the statehouse in Columbia

South Carolina lowers Confederate flag in wake of church massacre

Alan Hoyle of North Carolina holds a confederate battle flag and bible outside the statehouse in ColumbiaBy Harriet McLeod COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) – South Carolina on Friday removed the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds in a joyous but solemn ceremony that relegated a divisive symbol of the South’s pro-slavery legacy to a museum. The Civil War flag, which had flown at the State House for 54 years, came down less than a month after a white gunman killed nine black men and women in a historic Charleston church. In Washington, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday that the man charged in the massacre, Dylann Roof, was erroneously able to buy a gun due to a mix-up in a federal background check.

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