- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Six of nine appointments have been named to a panel that will come up with a proposal to display the Confederate flag at a South Carolina museum.

State lawmakers voted in July to take down the flag from a monument in front of the Statehouse after the mass shooting of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston. The suspect in that shooting, Dylann Roof, was seen posing with a Confederate flag.

The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Commission was created as part of a state government restructuring that took effect July 1 and requires that two of its nine members be approved by Confederate heritage groups, The State newspaper reported (https://bit.ly/1Qqk7QP ).

The panel will oversee the director of the state’s military museum, which includes exhibits spanning the state’s history.

The law that removed the flag also called for a plan to display it at the museum. The commission must present a budget for the display by January 1. The museum could get additional money for the display.

Relic Room director Allen Roberson said Wednesday he plans to start work on a proposal to display the flag within the next two weeks and said he will have conversations with the commission about that plan.

Commissioner Leland Summers, who is also commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, says his mission as a commissioner will be ensuring protection of the state’s history and heritage.

“I want to make sure that the flag is displayed (in) as prominent location as it can be,” Summers said.

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Information from: The State, https://www.thestate.com

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