South Carolina

Year: 2000

2000 saw the full recognition of MLK Day by Utah and Virginia, though the holiday still existed in some form for those states. South Carolina has the dubious honor of being the last state in the nation to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a paid state holiday. Up until then, a choice had been offered between MLK Day and three other Confederate holidays. This decision coincided with the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina's State House dome at the capitol.