MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Today, the board of directors for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) voted to reaffirm its stance that the Confederate flag currently displayed on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse be removed and placed in an appropriate historical display.

In 2000, the MBACC supported efforts to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse building and actively worked in support of that legislation.

"For a number of years now, we have felt the Confederate flag's appropriate home is a historical museum or display. Today's action reaffirms that stance and our desire to promote unity throughout our state," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. "While this action cannot undo the tragic events that took place in Charleston, our hope is that perhaps something positive will result out of something horrific."

Calls to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds have increased following the June 17, 2015 shooting deaths of nine parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.