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It's "a day we can all be proud of," Governor Nikki Haley said in a statement shortly after the state House passed the bill to remove the flag.
South Carolina's State Senate has voted 37-3 in favor of a bill to remove a Confederate battle flag that has flown on the grounds of the State Capitol for more than 50 years.
Sears and Walmart have announced removal of Confederate flag merchandise from stores, while a Mississippi lawmaker has called for the emblem's removal from the state's flag.
The historically divisive flag is still flying high on the grounds of the state's capitol, in spite of the racially motivated killing of 9 black churchgoers on Wednesday.