Earlier this morning news spread of a young woman climbing the flagpole at the state capitol in Columbia, South Carolina and removing the Confederate flag. The young woman appears to be Bree Newsome a filmmaker, composer, and activist from Columbia, Maryland. Newsome was arrested upon coming down from the pole.
The Confederate flag has been the topic of much debate this week following the slaying of 9 church members at Emmanuel AME Church by Dylan Roof last week. Many government properties and retailers removed their Confederate flags over the last few days, while others stocked up on theirs.
According to the word on social network Newsome is now in jail and awaiting her hearing at 2pm today. Supporters can assist with Newsome’s bail by searching the hashtag #FREEBREE.