Haley said each pen will go to the families of the victims of last month’s Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church massacre.
“Tomorrow morning, at 10 a.m., we will see the Confederate flag come down,” Haley stated. “We are a state that believes in tradition. We are a state that believes in history. We are a state that believes in respect. So, we will bring it down with dignity, and we will make sure that it is put in its rightful place.”
In June, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, a white gunman, killed nine African-American churchgoers in a historical Charleston church.
Following the killings, photos of Roof apparently holding the Confederate flag as a symbol of white supremacy surfaced, sparking a nationwide debate on whether the flag should be removed.
The South Carolina House of Representatives voted 94 to 20 to remove the flag Thursday, after the bill passed in the state Senate earlier this week.
The legislation Haley signed said the flag must be taken down within 24 hours of her signing the bill, and placed in the state’s Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum for display.
“This is a story about action,” Haley stated. “And, I will tell you that, now, this is about our children. Because, when they go back and look in the history books, while we’re still grieving, and the grieving will last for a long time; when the emotions start to fade, the history of the actions that took place by everyone in South Carolina to get us to this moment is one that we can all be proud of.”