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People Are Making Badass Art Of The Woman Who Removed The Confederate Flag

"I did it because I am free."

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In the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Charleston, people began calling for the removal of the Confederate flag that flies in front of the State House in Columbia, South Carolina.

This past Saturday, people on both sides of the issues rallied at the state house to express their views.

Hate group League of the South organized a pro-Confederate flag rally at the Alabama Capitol this am #KeepItDown

In response to her arrest the hashtag #FreeBree took off on Twitter and Tumblr, and fan art of Newsome taking down the flag started to appear online.

The illustrations that emerged depicted the moment from different perspectives and with varied styles.

Artist Eric Orr drew Newsome as an angel.

I'm feeling pretty inspired by @BreeNewsome today. #freeBree

This piece by Quinn McGowan took a cue from comic books.

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Artist Rebecca Cohen imagined Newsome as Wonder Woman.

The moment has become an inspiration to many.

Newsome has since been released from jail on $3,000 bond, and an online fundraising campaign has been set up to cover her legal fees.

BLACK MEN!!!! Ya'll see our Mothers, Daughters and Sisters back us? #FreeBree #citizins #truthdondie

The Indiegogo campaign has raised over $120,000 in just three days.

In a statement to Blue Nation Review on Monday, Newsome explained why she took the flag down.

"I did it for all the fierce black women on the front lines of the movement and for all the little black girls who are watching us," she said. "I did it because I am free."

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