After years of intense controversy, the Confederate flag was lowered from the SC state house grounds for the last time on Friday, July 10, 2015. In an effort to gauge the social atmosphere, and record this historic event, I trekked to Columbia, SC that day. The state’s decision to remove the flag erupted from the outrage in the wake of the tragic shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Included in the nine parishioners killed was Pastor (and state senator) Clementa Pinckney.
Under the blazing 98 degree Columbia sun, the climate appeared to be part carnival and part memorial. There were ample supporters and opponents alike of the flag’s removal and its ultimate placement in the state’s Confederate Relic room, a few blocks away. This pictorial is my attempt to tell the story of the event, a story which includes unrelated protests, television interviews, and street artists among other dynamics.