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Nikki Haley

House panel: Move the museum to house the Confederate flag

The museum that will house the Confederate flag removed from Statehouse grounds last summer needs to relocate to attract more visitors and become more self-reliant, legislators on a House budget-panel said Wednesday.

Legislators said even those who know the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum exists don't know where to find it — in the back of the State Museum building, through a separate door, where the 120-year-old museum has been since 2002.

"It's hidden right now," said Rep. Chip Huggins, R-Columbia. As legislators debated taking down the Confederate flag, "I bet half of them didn't know where the Relic Room was, and that's really...