COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — This year, the Confederate flag won’t temporarily be raised at the South Carolina Statehouse to mark the day it was permanently taken down.

A group calling for racial fairness — Showing Up for Racial Justice Columbia — has a permit to rally on the grounds July 10.

The South Carolina Secessionist Party has raised a Confederate flag on a temporary flagpole the past three years to protest the date the rebel banner was permanently removed.

Showing Up for Racial Justice Columbia founder Sarah Keeling told The State newspaper she applied for the permit the minute it was available so the Secessionist Party couldn’t gather.

Officials review requests to hold events partly to prevent conflicts with other groups.

The Secessionist Party may not have shown up since the group has splintered.


Information from: The State,