Voters Approve New Mississippi State Flag Design
Mississippi voters approved the design of the new state flag on Election Day less than five months after legislation passed to change the previous one which was deemed offensive due to its homage to the Confederate Battle flag.
The new Mississippi flag design consists of a Magnolia flower centered on a red, gold and blue background, encircled by 20 white five-pointed stars and the words “In God We Trust” was one of two final choices. Starkville, Miss., graphic designer Rocky Vaughan designed the winning submission.
Once state legislators swiftly passed the law to change the flag in June, Gov. Tate Reeves, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn appointed a state commission to judge and deliberate on which submission would be on the ballot in November.
The Magnolia flag -- which citizens dubbed the In God We Trust flag -- features the 20 white stars representing Mississippi being the 20th State fo the United States. The large star at the top is a bow to Native American tribes from the region.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History denotes the magnolia blossom is “a symbol long used to represent our state and the hospitality of our citizens.”
The submissions exceeded 3,000 designs and came in the wake of the height of the Black Lives Matter movement last spring into summer that called on the removal of the Confederate Battle Emblem from official flags, statues honoring Confederate soldiers and more.
The previous flag had flown since 1894.
Voters made the simple “Yes” or “No” choice on their ballot.
The design still needs to be approved when the 2021 legislative session begins in January before it can fly officially.