Mississippi, Getting Ready For A New State Flag

By Taylor Weyeneth | DCI

Key Points:

  • Mississippi passed a bill on Sunday to remove the Confederate emblem from their flag

The Mississippi state legislature on Sunday passed a bill in a 93-21 state House vote and 37-14 state Senate vote to remove the Confederate emblem from their flag. Mississippi was the only remaining state flag to feature the Confederate insignia. The bill will now go to Mississippi Republican Governor Tate Reeves who said he would sign it into law. Renae Eze, a spokesperson for Reeves, told CNN Monday "once the Legislature sends the final bill to his desk and he's had the opportunity to review it, Governor Reeves will sign the bill in the coming days."

The bill establishes a commission to develop a new flag design without the Confederate emblem that includes the phrase "In God, We Trust." Mississippi state voters would then vote on the new design this November.

The Confederate flag, its symbols, and statues commemorating Confederate leaders have long divided the country. Critics call the flag a symbol that represents the war to uphold slavery, while supporters call it a sign of Southern pride and heritage. Nonetheless, the flag has been used in the 21st century to rally white supremacists.

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