The Confederate battle flag is gone from in front of the Statehouse in Columbia. It was removed Friday, but some supporters and those who pushed for the flag’s removal showed their presence where it once flew this past weekend.
One demonstrator said he was there many days backing the flag when it was up and wanted to be there when it was gone to continue his support. “Just basically standing my ground for my heritage even though they took the flag down. I’m out here representing my heritage,” the flag supporter said Sunday afternoon.
There were also individuals who wanted the flag to come down on the street in front of the capitol with victory signs. “We’re here to act as a counterbalance, for the people just to see those who support the flag and not to see those who celebrate the removal of the flag is not fair,” a female who wanted the flag removed said while holding a sign that read ”Victory.”
Sunday afternoon there were two supporters and two who wanted the flag removed. A mere fraction of the crowds that were on the capitol lawn over the past few weeks leading up to the flag being removed.
There were also people walking around over the weekend looking at the site where the flag once flew. After the flag came down Friday, so did its pole and the small wrought iron fence around it. The hole in the ground where the pole stood is now filled with dirt.