Confederate flag to be removed from South Carolina Statehouse grounds Friday morning

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The Confederate battle flag flies on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in Columbia on July 5, 2015.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina  — A spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag will be removed from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds on Friday morning.

Spokesman Chaney Adams says the flag will come down in a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday. He did not give any other details.

Haley has said she will sign the bill to remove the flag at 4 p.m. Thursday. The House passed the bill early Thursday. The measure says the flag must be removed within 24 hours of her signature.

The Confederate flag has flown on the Statehouse grounds for 54 years since being put up as a protest of the Civil Rights movement.

Haley and other conservatives didn’t begin a push to remove the flag until nine black churchgoers were killed in the  Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston by a gunman who police say was motivated by racial hatred.