The Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the State House in South Carolina in less than 30 seconds.
But the quick removal did not stop thousands of people - of all creeds and colors - from coming out to see for themselves a piece of history.
TV vans swarmed the South Carolina Capitol, while news helicopters circled overhead.
What's happening in Columbia today?? pic.twitter.com/zXI77WB6Qwhyphen; Payton Guion (@PaytonGuion) July 10, 2015
Armed guards watched over a number of monuments at the state Capitol as well as monitored the sizeable crowd.
Armed guards at a Confederate monument on Capitol grounds pic.twitter.com/tOBqT63knuhyphen; Payton Guion (@PaytonGuion) July 10, 2015
Despite the business of the day being the removal of the Confederate flag, a few supporters brought their own.
Few guys here at the State House holding the Confederate flag pic.twitter.com/7rqRYkpv7yhyphen; Payton Guion (@PaytonGuion) July 10, 2015
The Confederate flag's last day flying in front of the South Carolina State House pic.twitter.com/egMGF2w0yqhyphen; Payton Guion (@PaytonGuion) July 10, 2015
As close as I can get pic.twitter.com/j41sbgEDZmhyphen; Payton Guion (@PaytonGuion) July 10, 2015
In the end, the flag's removal was much more of a celebration than anything. As the crowd got antsy, many began chanting, “Take it down”.
When, after 50-plus years of flying, the Confederate flag finally was removed, people broke into passionate chants of, “USA”.
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