Tuesday, the new state flag was approved overwhelmingly via referendum. Four days later, it was carried onto Scott Field.
Lowndes County Sheriff Eddie Hawkins unclips the state flag — which displays the Confederate battle emblem in its top left corner — while Lt. Rhonda Sanders holds it on Monday afternoon at the Lowndes County Courthouse.
Mississippi will retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem, more than a century after legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War.
Golden Triangle legislators overwhelmingly supported the resolution passed in the state Capitol Saturday to suspend legislative deadlines and allow for a bill to change the state flag.
The tide is turning in the Mississippi Legislature.
As athletic department officials from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and other Magnolia State institutions, along with various lobbyists, descended on the state Capitol in Jackson on Thursday, lawmakers hoped the effort would draw out the votes both the House and Senate will need to vote on a bill removing the Confederate battle emblem emblazoned on the state flag.
A host of MSU coaches and officials, along other athletic department officials from schools across the state, spent three hours Thursday weaving through the chambers of legislators throughout the capitol building, lobbying for the removal of the Confederate iconography on the Mississippi state flag.
Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday, for the first time, that he probably would not stand in the way if legislators muster a large enough majority to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.
The Confederate-themed Mississippi flag drew opposition Tuesday from two big forces in the culturally conservative state: Southern Baptists and Walmart.
JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he’s against having two state flags — the current banner with the Confederate battle emblem that critics see as racist, and a yet-to-be-determined design that would erase Confederate images.
Collegiate athletics in the Magnolia State are feeling the effects of the Mississippi flag debate.
Friday, the NCAA announced that championship hosting opportunities earned on merit would no longer be allowed to be held in Mississippi until the state flag, which displays the Confederate battle emblem in its upper left corner, is changed.