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Proposal would allow removal of Confederate flag from Citadel chapel


The Citadel could remove a Confederate flag from its campus chapel if a proposal filed by state Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, becomes law.

The bill would allow flags from the Civil War to be removed from religious chapels and structures on the school’s campus, placing them in another historic location at the public institution or in a museum. Removal would require approval from the school’s board of directors.

Kimpson said the Citadel’s board and president both want the flag removed.

The proposal faces a difficult route to passage.

After lawmakers removed the Confederate flag from the State House grounds last summer, S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, said no other symbols would be up for debate.

Kimpson said that declaration does not deter him.

Cassie Cope: 803-771-8657, @cassielcope