Confederate Relic Room pursuing cheaper option for Confederate flag display

Confederate Relic Room pursuing cheaper option for Confederate flag display

By SEANNA ADCOX
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WIS) - South Carolina's military history museum is pursuing a cheaper plan for displaying the last Confederate battle flag to fly on State House grounds.

The governing board of the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum voted unanimously Thursday to propose exhibiting the flag it received in 2015 in existing office space. The estimated cost of $200,000 to $300,000 includes combining two offices, raising the ceiling, lighting and electronic security.

Museum Director Allen Roberson made that suggestion in January. But at that time, the board refused to give up on a $3.6 million proposal that incorporated the flag display in a larger expansion and conservation project.

Legislators have balked at that price tag.

Leaders at the Relic Room argued that the flag is a political artifact, not an artifact of the Civil War and should be displayed separately from the blood-stained and tattered flags that were carried into battle. 

The board directed Roberson to develop the new proposal for legislators to consider in next year's budget process.

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