The Confederate flag that flew outside the South Carolina state capitol is on its way to a museum after a raucous lowering ceremony.

A huge crowd chanted "take it down" and then "USA, USA, USA" as a color guard formally lowered the rebel flag shortly after 10 a.m. Eastern.

Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation authorizing the flag's removal yesterday.

Haley had called for its relocation shortly after the killing of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston on June 17th.

The Confederate flag that was raised more than a half-century ago at the South Carolina state capitol will be placed on permanent display in a military museum with other Civil War era relics.