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Confederate flag coming back to the South Carolina State House on Tuesday

Tribune News Service logo Tribune News Service 7/10/2018 By Bristow Marchant, The State (Columbia, S.C.)

a group of people standing next to a fence: The South Carolina Highway Patrol Honor Guard removes the Confederate Battle Flag from the State House grounds during a ceremony on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. © Tim Dominick/The State/TNS The South Carolina Highway Patrol Honor Guard removes the Confederate Battle Flag from the State House grounds during a ceremony on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Confederate flag is coming back to the S.C. State House, at least for one day.

On Tuesday, members of the S.C. Secessionist Party will raise the rebel banner on a temporary pole in front of the Gervais Street steps.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will mark the three-year anniversary of the flag's permanent removal from the State House grounds.

This is the third time the party has raised the flag in front of the State House. Each July 10 since the flag was removed, the party has been permitted to put the flag back up in the same spot near the Confederate soldiers' monument where the flag was displayed from 2000 to 2015.

The last two anniversaries drew around 100 supporters of the flag, who believe the flag was unfairly targeted after nine worshipers were killed in an historically black church in Charleston by a self-declared white supremacist. Those events also drew protesters who were separated from flag supporters by law enforcement.

This year, the group Showing Up for Racial Justice is planning its own "flag removal celebration" for the same time as the flag raising.

The event is organized by the Secessionist Party, a small group that advocates for South Carolina to once again leave the union.

Visit The State (Columbia, S.C.) at www.thestate.com

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