Troopers removed the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s state capitol, three weeks after the racially-motivated killing of a group of black worshippers prompted fierce debate over its place in US culture.
The three days of tense debate in the state legislature brought emotional closure for a symbol long divisive in the state.
An overwhelming majority passed the bill on Thursday allowing the flag to be taken down.
A hated symbol of slavery and racism to some, for others it is an emblem of Southern pride and heritage.
The vote came less than a month after a white gunman killed nine black men and one woman in an historic church in Charleston.
21-year-old Dylann Roof had posed with the flag in photos that appeared on social media.