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WATCH: The Confederate flag removed from the SC State House grounds

(Source: Mary King) (Source: Mary King)

Fifty-three years of history comes to a close on the South Carolina State House grounds on Friday as the Confederate flag, once a lightning rod of controversy and history, is permanently removed from its prominent location in front of South Carolina's seat of government.

Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill Thursday to remove the flag atop the flag pole in front of the Confederate Memorial and move it to the Confederate Relic Room at the State Museum.

The state has planned a brief 9 a.m. ceremony to commemorate the flag's removal.

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