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South Carolina's last Confederate flag remains in a box

Confederate battle flag at Confederate Memorial on the grounds of the South Carolina State House Confederate battle flag at Confederate Memorial on the grounds of the South Carolina State House
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By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Nearly two years after South Carolina lawmakers promised to publicly display the final Confederate flag removed from Statehouse grounds, the banner still sits in a box in a museum.

That's because the Legislature hasn't provided any money for a new display.

Allen Robeson is executive director of the State Museum's Confederate Relic Room. He initially requested nearly $4 million for a high-tech project that would include the flag, along with screens displaying pictures or names of Civil War dead.

He's now asking for $200,000 to convert two museum offices into a display room.

Lawmakers passed a bill in July 2015 permanently removing the flag from in front of the State House. They did so in response to the killings of nine black parishioners by a white supremacist who had posed with pictures of the banner.

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