A brand-new requirement was hoisted up a number of flagpoles in Mississippi Wednesday, after citizens approved a new design for the state flag featuring a magnolia to replace the previous state banner, which was the last in the country to still feature the battle flag of the Confederacy.
According to the Associated Press, election results reported Wednesday showed that individuals of Mississippi vastly supported a referendum to use the new magnolia design, with 70% of citizens deciding to authorize it.
It marks a significant change in public opinion about the previous state flag– in 2001, Mississippi voters cast tallies to keep the old Confederate style by almost the same margin, according to a New York City Times report.
Besides an image of a magnolia, the state flower, the flag likewise features a design of 21 stars that represent Mississippi and the states that entered into the union prior to it, in addition to the expression “In God We Trust,” which also appears on the state seal adopted in 2014.
It replaces the previous flag including the Confederate fight symbol that flew over the state for 126 years and was finally retired over the summer, after across the country demonstrations for racial justice stimulated by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The flag will be reportedly be hoisted up statewide once the state legislature officially acknowledges it throughout the next session, which begins next year.
” At the University of Mississippi, we are really proud to unfurl the brand-new flag representing a brand-new day for the State of Mississippi,” Ole Miss Chancellor Glenn F. Boyce said in a statement “This flag promotes qualities that join all Mississippians and accepts the abundant variety of our state.”
Lots Of monoliths were taken down (by both protesters and officials) while the Mississippi state legislature started the process of changing the state flag. According to a report from NBC, 4 other states’ flags still consist of recommendations to the Confederacy: Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Arkansas. Mississippi was the only state to utilize the Confederate battle symbol, which may be the Confederacy’s many recognizable symbol.