A commission on Wednesday is choosing a single proposal to replace a state flag that Mississippi retired because the 126-year-old banner included the Confederate battle emblem that’s widely seen as racist.
As Mississippi replaces its former flag that had the Confederate battle emblem, five proposals were literally run up a flagpole Tuesday. A group then narrowed the choice to two designs: One with a shield and one with a magnolia.
Commissioners working on a new Mississippi flag said they don’t want a big single star on the banner. That image is already taken by Texas.
The new Mississippi state flag will not include beer cans, crawfish, a caramel cake, Elvis or Kermit the Frog.
An opportunity like this is rare. That’s what Jim McAnally of Columbus felt when he learned the public could submit ideas for Mississippi’s official new flag.