The Confederate flag, long a symbol of racism to many, still flies as part of a memorial on the State House grounds in South Carolina.
The controversial flag, which was used by Confederate army during the civil war in 1860s, is once again in spotlight in the wake of killing of nine African-Americans inside a historic church allegedly by a white man with racial grievances.
And the alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, also posed with it on new photos seen online.
There has been call for removal of the controversial flag.
Darryl Boyles, a Columbia resident said: “I think it’s a symbol of hatred. I think it’s disgusting. I think it’s despicable we still have this flag flying on our state grounds.”