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Group of S. Carolina senators make reluctant state flag pick

The first design uses the palmetto tree that first appeared on the second official state flag,...
The first design uses the palmetto tree that first appeared on the second official state flag, which was adopted in 1910 while also utilizing elements of the original palmetto sketch submitted to A.S. Salley by Ellen Heyward Jervey during that same year, the committee’s documents state.(South Carolina Government)
Updated: Mar. 24, 2021 at 3:40 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina Senate committee went for symmetry over a more natural look as it made a recommendation to standardize the state’s iconic palmetto tree and crescent flag.

But the Family and Veterans Services Committee acknowledged the argument is far from over.

They say more designs are likely to come up as amendments as the bill moves on to the Senate floor. Senators acknowledged their phones are ringing and email inboxes filling over the issue.

Without a standard design, South Carolina often flies a flag over its Statehouse that has a different looking palmetto tree or a slightly different shade of indigo than the banners and in the governor’s office and other places.

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