The commission that runs a Columbia museum tasked with housing a Confederate battle flag which once flew on the Statehouse grounds now says it will have to “regroup” with another plan for its future this summer.
The Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum Commission met Wednesday for the first time after state lawmakers ended up not acting on a $3.6 million proposal for the flag’s future home. Key members of the House budget committee had questioned the request’s size and whether the small Columbia museum is even the best place for the banner.
Museum director Allen Roberson said he’s not sure what will happen this upcoming year. “Our budget is so tight and so tight,” he said. “This flag is unique. It’s not really a military history artifact. It’s a different kind of artifact. It has all sorts of context and all sorts of meaning to it.”