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She can trace her family lineage directly to Jefferson Davis and her speech, wrought with emotion and passion, propelled the South Carolina House of Representatives into action. At long last, the Confederate Flag will be removed from the statehouse in Charleston more than 150 years after Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House.
“I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday,” Representative Jenny Horne from Summerville, said, shouting through tears. “For the widow of Sen. Pinckney and his two young daughters, that would be adding insult to injury.”
After 13 hours of intense debate, Horne took the podium with purpose and her four minute speech might very well be noted as one of the most integral in South Carolina history. The 42-year-old attorney told The Washington Post, shortly after the House voted 94-20 to remove the Confederate Flag at 1:00 am on July 8, 2015, that she felt the debate was stalling and something must be done to ensure her colleagues did not allow the symbol of the rift between the North and South and of enslavement to continue to fly.
“At that point we were losing the vote. It was going south,” she said. “If what I did changed the course of the debate, and I do believe it did, then it needed to be done. Because that flag needed to come down a long time ago.”
Since Dylan Roof’s horrific attempt to commence a race war on June 17 at a church in Charleston, tremendous debate over the purpose of the Confederate Flag and if it should still be in use have raged. Roof’s efforts resulted in the death of nine African-American citizens and Horne’s speech placed the House back on course to memorialize their lives in the proper fashion.
“Today, as the Senate did before them, the House of Representatives has served the State of South Carolina and her people with great dignity,” said Gov. Nikki Haley on Facebook. “I’m grateful for their service and their compassion. It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state”
The governor is expected to render her signature to the bill today and the flag could be banished from the state capitol as soon as Friday, July 10, 2014.
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