The House of Representatives have voted to remove the Confederate flag and place it in a museum instead.
In the early hours of Thursday, after more than 13 hours of debate, the House approved the Senate bill 93-27, and still has one more vote that appeared to be a formality since the bill has already received two thirds of the vote. The bill would then go to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who supports the removal of the flag.
The flag – used by the South in the American Civil War (1860-65) – is seen by some as an icon of slavery and racism while others say it symbolises US heritage and history. There has been recent backlash against the flag began after a gunman shot and killed 9 black people in a church in Charleston last month.
It is thought that the flag could be removed within days.
By Fiona Carty