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Shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, the South Carolina House passed a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds by a vote of 94-20, according to reports from The State.

The vote came after several hours of House members debating — and rejecting — a series of amendments that had been introduced to thwart the bill’s passage, or to soften the symbolic meaning of the flag’s removal by replacing it with other, less well-known symbols of Southern pride.

The state Senate already passed the bill 37-3 on Monday, and it now goes to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk; Haley has stated she will sign it.

Haley called for the flag’s removal at a press conference shortly after the massacre at the “Mother Emanuel” church in Charleston.

The Confederate flag has flown on the South Carolina State House grounds since 1962.

Related: Meet Mike Pitts — The SC State Rep. Who Fought To Fly The Confederate Flag

Photo: Jimmy Emerson DVM via Flickr 

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.