Concrete base of Confederate flagpole removed at Statehouse

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2015, file photo, an honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol lowers the Confederate battle flag as it is removed from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C. Legions of people clapped, cheered and cried as South Carolina lowered the Confederate battle flag. But as the euphoria of the moment faded, questions over what exactly that accomplished for race relations in the United States, other than the elimination of a painful symbol of the past, began to arise. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

COLUMBIA, SC  – Workers at the South Carolina Statehouse have broken up the concrete base for the flagpole that flew the Confederate flag in front of the Capitol for 15 years.

Crews spent most of Monday morning tearing up the concrete, which was the last visible evidence where the rebel flag flew. Some people took chunks as souvenirs.

Workers later will plant sod on the site so it looks like it did before the pole was built in 2000. A compromise passed that year moved the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse dome to the pole.

South Carolina took down the rebel banner Friday, making the first time in 54 years it hasn’t flown over some part of the Statehouse.

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