Museum OKs $350K plan for South Carolina Confederate flag

FILE - In this July 10, 2015 file photo, an honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol removes the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C., ending its 54-year presence there. Two South Carolina senators called Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, for a statue of Robert Smalls, who in 1862 hijacked a Confederate supply ship, steered his family to freedom and turned the boat over to the Union. If approved, Smalls’ would be the first monument on Statehouse grounds to an individual African-American in South Carolina, which removed the Confederate flag from those grounds in 2015 after a mass shooting by an avowed white supremacist. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A museum board has approved plans to display the final Confederate flag that flew at South Carolina’s Statehouse.

But the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Commission also agreed to suggest to lawmakers that the adjacent South Carolina State Museum might be a better place to display the last flag flown near a monument to the Confederate soldiers.

The $350,000 plan now goes to state lawmakers, who would fund the project. Lawmakers initially rejected plans for a $3.6 million display.

Museum Executive Director Allen Roberson says the plan satisfies lawmakers’ mandate to create a display space.

That requirement came as part of a 2015 vote to remove the flag from Statehouse grounds after nine black Charleston churchgoers were killed by a gunman seen in photos with a rebel flag.

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