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SenateBill Number: 1401Primary Sponsor: WashingtonCommittee Number: 06Type of Legislation: JRSubject: Circle of Historic Flags on State House groundsResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: FinanceComputer Document Number: 1401Introduced Date: 19940504Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: 19940504Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Washington Land Patterson JacksonType of Legislation: Joint Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 1401 Senate 19940504 Introduced, read first time, 06 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO CREATE THE CIRCLE OF FLAGS ON THE STATE HOUSE GROUNDS, A DISPLAY WHICH CONSISTS OF TEN FLAGS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE TO THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. (A) There is hereby established on the State House grounds, adjacent to the Capitol Building, The Circle of Flags. The Circle of Flags shall be constructed such that it is a self-guided walking tour.
(B) The beginning point and centerpiece of The Circle of Flags shall be a display housing:
(1) the Stars and Stripes, the current United States Flag, with its fifty stars;
(2) the Palmetto State Flag, created by General Moultrie and flown continuously as our state banner since January 28, 1861; and
(3) the Stars and Bars, first officially flown outside the Confederate Capitol Building on March 4, 1861.
(C) The second display in The Circle of Flags shall have:
(1) the Union Jack, which flew over this State while it was a British colony; and
(2) the flag flown by General Moultrie and his troops at Fort Moultrie in the first decisive victory of the Revolutionary War involving land and naval forces.
(D) The third display in The Circle of Flags shall include the original United States Flag created by Betsy Ross with its thirteen stars and thirteen stripes. This flag is considered the first officially adopted flag of this country.
(E) The fourth display in The Circle of Flags shall contain two flags from the Civil War:
(1) The Confederate Battle Flag; and
(2) Big Red, the flag flown by cadets from the Citadel as they fired on Fort Sumter.
(F) The fifth and closing display in The Circle of Flags shall include the flag of the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment (African Descent), redesignated as the 33rd United States Colored Troops, and the flag of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. These groups, consisting of soldiers of African descent, served on the Union side during the Civil War and participated in several battles in South Carolina.
(G) Each display in The Circle of Flags shall house a pedestal with information about each flag explaining the flag's origin and significance and its role in South Carolina's past.
(H) The purpose of The Circle of Flags is to ensure that each of the flags included therein assumes its proper place with respect to the history of South Carolina.
SECTION 2. The Circle of Flags shall be constructed on the State House grounds adjacent to the Capitol Building in conjunction with the planned refurbishing of the State House and completed by the time the State House refurbishing is finished and shall be paid for from funds provided in Section 17, General Services, State House Renovations for Fiscal year 1994-95, in the General Appropriation Act. After the renovations are completed, only the United States Flag and the South Carolina State Flag shall fly atop the State House.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.