Mississippi voters chose the state's new flag after becoming the last state to replace the Confederate flag.
The new flag features a blooming magnolia tree surrounded by 21 stars on a red and blue background with gold vertical piping. The drafts were selected by a state commission in September and included in the November vote. The other design chosen for the vote, known as the "Great River Flag," included a shield with white and red stripes and a symbol for the Mississippi.
This will be the new state flag of Mississippi. The voters voted in favor of this with an overwhelming majority. This is a great day for the state as we move away from a divisive emblem that is now in the past. pic.twitter.com/nZorS0tVUd
– Sam R. Hall (@samrhall) November 4, 2020
According to the Atlanta Journal ConstitutionThe magnolia design received 68 percent of the vote in a public referendum on Tuesday, and the magnolia blossom is "a long-standing symbol of our state and the hospitality of our citizens," according to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH). .
The designer of the win The flag is Rocky Vaughan, with design assistance from Sue Anna Joe, Kara Giles, and Dominique Pugh, according to the MDAH. The Hill reports that it is now clear to the state parliament to take over the flag. In case of a tie or a minority For either side, the process of choosing a new design would have started over.
The old flag of Mississippi, which featured the symbol of the Confederate battle, became a hot topic during the summer protests against Black Lives Matter following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
In June the legislature passed a law to change the flag. The bill was passed by 91-23 votes by the State House and 37-14 votes by the Senate. The bill was then placed on the desk of Mississippi Republican Governor Tate Reeves. By the time it got to his desk, Reeves had already confirmed that he would sign the bill.
Laurel, Mississippi, Mayor Johnny Magee held back tears as he signed an ordinance removing the state flag from city buildings the day after the state flag was passed through law.
"There comes a point in the annals of history when it becomes necessary to redefine who a people is and what a collection of those people is," Magee said in June. "It is the opinion of the mayor of this city that now is such a time."