A $350,000 plan was hesitantly approved this week to display a Confederate flag that once flew above the South Carolina capitol in the state's military museum, the Associated Press reports. The museum's board voted 5-1 in favor of the plan, and now the state legislature must vote to finalize the display.
The flag was removed from the South Carolina State House in 2015 following the Charleston shooting, when Dylann Roof killed nine church members during a bible study. Roof wrote of his admiration for the flag and linked it to white supremacy before he committed the murders.
In order to appease those upset over the flag's removal, the state passed a law that mandated the flag be enshrined at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, which contains historical items from every war South Carolina's citizens have ever fought in.
After the museum requested $3.6 million to build a display area for the flag, state leaders drafted a plan that would grant the museum $350,000.
The news wasn't met with universal praise.
Leland Summers, the state commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said that the Confederate Flag does not represent the military, and wishes it would be displayed at the South Carolina State Museum.
“This modern flag shouldn’t be here with the flags that carry the sweat and blood of our ancestors,” Summers said.
Allen Roberson, the executive director of the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, said that he's ready to move forward after working on this issue for three years.
“I think the museum has exhausted enough of its time and resources on this issue, It is a significant artifact in the history of South Carolina. It is. And it needs to be displayed like that,” Allen said.