Mississippi Raises New State Flag With Out Confederate Flag Emblem
(AP) Mississippi hoisted a new state flag without the Confederate battle emblem on Monday, just over six months after legislators retired the last state banner in the U.S. that included the divisive rebel symbol.
The new flag has a magnolia and the phrase, “In God We Trust.” Voters approved the design in November.
On Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law to make it an official state symbol.
Momentum to change the Mississippi flag built quickly in June as protests against racial injustice were happening across the nation.
Legislators created a commission to design a new flag, specifying that the banner could not include Confederate imagery and that it must include “In God We Trust.”