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Mississippi voters approve new state flag with magnolia

Mississippi voters approve new state flag with magnolia
Mississippi voters approve new state flag with magnolia
Posted at 1:09 AM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 01:15:15-05

Voters in Mississippi voted to approve a new state flag design.

Lawmakers took action this summer to retire the former Mississippi state flag, which contained the Confederate battle emblem.

The rebel symbol is widely seen as racist.

In the last two months, the process to design and vote on a new flag has moved fast.

There was a call to artists to help design a new flag. By law, the new flag must include the phrase, “In God We Trust,” and could not include any depictions of the Confederate battle flag.

The designs were narrowed to five based on a public online vote and feedback. Then a commission narrowed it down to a final option.

That option, including a magnolia, the state flower, and red, blue and yellow bands, was on the ballot for voters to approve.