- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 26, 2015

The confederate battle flag that once flew outside the South Carolina state house will cost the state up to $3.6 million to display in a Civil War museum.

On Tuesday, the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Commission voted to lower the cost of the museum expansion for the flag display from $5.3 million to $3.6 million, with more than half a million dollars going to repair a leaky roof near the entrance, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The flag was taken down from the statehouse’s flagpole in Columbia this summer following the killing of nine black church-goers by a 21-year-old white supremacist. Many called for the flag’s removal after the killings, saying it was a symbol of racism and bigotry of the slave-owning south.

The new display for the flag will will increase the size of the military museum by one third.

State Rep. Chris Corley, Aiken Republican, called the plan irresponsible, saying it was too costly.

“You take the flag down and then all of a sudden you’re going to put this huge amount of money into the Confederate Relic Room,” Mr. Corley said, the Observer reported. “It’s a trade-off, and I do not like doing business like that.”

He argued the money would be put to better use repairing roads and structures damaged by severe flooding in October.

“This may blow everybody’s mind and throw everybody for a loop, but I am not voting for that much money to go into it,” Mr. Corley said of the flag display.

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