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COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — More than 50 years after the state of South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the rebel banner dating back to the U.S. Civil War will be removed Friday in a state where such a reversal seemed unthinkable a month ago.

The landmark decision comes after nine black churchgoers were killed in a church shooting in Charleston by a gunman who police say was motivated by racial hatred and was photographed with the Confederate flag.

The flag will be pulled down from the Capitol’s front lawn and the flagpole it flies on during a ceremony Friday morning, said Chaney Adams, a spokeswoman for Governor Nikki Haley. Then, the banner will be taken to a local history museum for display.

Haley will sign the bill — which passed the state House early Thursday after 13 hours of debate…

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