Confederate Flag Debate

The South Carolina State House is seen through a Confederate flag held along Gervais Street, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on the Statehouse grounds, though the proposal still needs approval from the state House and the governor. (Gerry Melendez/The State via AP)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Mobile City Council is removing the Confederate flag and other banners from the official seal of city government.

The council vote Tuesday means only the U.S. flag will remain on the seal. A version of the Confederate national flag and four other historic flags will be taken off.

The decision follows moves across the South to remove Confederate flags from public property and displays. The wave began after nine people were shot to death at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The current Mobile city seal displays flags from six nations that have governed Mobile since 1702: the Confederacy, France, Great Britain, Spain, the Republic of Alabama and the United States.

The council years ago replaced a Confederate battle flag on the seal with a Confederate national flag.