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Change comes to SC as Confederate flag comes down

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - It was a lot quieter on the Statehouse Grounds later Thursday, but earlier the place was filled with a whirlwind of emotions. 
No matter what side of the argument people were on, they didn't shy down from sharing it. 
 
What started as joy and elation for many turned into a realization of something much bigger. 

“Times are changing. Like I said, my boyfriend is white, my daughter is mixed, times are changing. We need to change with it,” said Marquita Twitty.

The change is something not everyone sees necessary. 

Sammy Evans says bringing down that symbol of his heritage won’t unite the people of South Carolina. 

“When the flag comes down, a lot of people think we’re going to wake up the next morning and everybody is going to love everybody, but they're not,” said Evans. 

But once the news broke that the flag was officially coming down, some people began to celebrate.

People did come together, and celebrate what they see as much needed progress. 

“No one should have to walk through the world and see a symbol of slavery and hatred. Ever,” said Robin Hipp.

Hipp said she believes the flag does not represent heritage and it does not represent South Carolina. 

What it can now represent is history and progress. 

"What it’s going to do is tell bigots that it’s not their state anymore. That it belongs to all of us,” Hipp added. 

Thursday will be the last night that flag will fly over the state house grounds in South Carolina. 

Friday at 10 a.m., the flag will be taken down and removed from the grounds. 

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