Mississippi Voters Chose This New Design To Replace Confederate-Themed State Flag
Mississippi voters have agreed on a design for their new state flag.
"The New Magnolia" got 68% of the vote to replace the confederate-themed banner that represented Mississippi as the state flag since 1894. The flag featured blue and white stripes with a Confederate emblem in the corner of the banner. The new flag has a magnolia in the center, and according to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History it represents
a symbol long-used to represent our state and the hospitality of our citizens.
Recently, calls to change the confederate-themed flag ramped up, including the SEC who threatened to hold off on having their championship games in the state if Mississippi didn't scrub the emblem.
Back in June state lawmakers voted to replace it, but "The New Magnolia" was ultimately chosen out of 3,000 submissions.
It features red, gold and blue stripes, with a magnolia circled by 20 stars, representing Mississippi's admission as the 20th state. At the base of the circle is the phrase "In God We Trust," with a solitary gold five-point star at its peak, representing the Native tribes who lived on the land that became Mississippi.
The flag represents hope and rebirth and The Department of Archives and History released the following statement.
The design represents Mississippi's sense of hope and rebirth, as the Magnolia often blooms more than once and has a long blooming season. The emblem is sleek and updated to represent the forward progression of Mississippi.
The design was on the ballot with a simple YES or NO vote.