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July 9, 2015

Mayor Benjamin releases statement on SC House vote on Confederate Flag

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July 9, 2015

Contact: Michael Wukela, Office of the Mayor @ 803-413-5052

Mayor Benjamin releases statement on SC House vote on Confederate Flag

Columbia, SC Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin released the following statement today following the South Carolina House of Representatives' vote to remove the Confederate Battle

Flag from the Statehouse grounds:

"This moment is about more than a flag or a vote. It's about the hope that now, 150 years after the end of the Civil War, we have grown beyond our differences and have begun to grow together. This is not the end of division, of prejudice or of hate. But it is the beginning of something new and if we can hold on to it and to each other, if we can nurture that hope and help it grow, then we will have something more precious than a history. We will have a future."