State Leaders Raise New Flag at State Capitol

Mississippians voted overwhelmingly to approve the new flag on November 3, 2020 after state Legislators retired the 1894 flag last summer. Image: NBC News

Governor Tate Reeves has signed the bill ratifying the newly adopted state flag at the Two Mississippi Museums.

The Governor joined Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn in a flag-raising ceremony on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol. 

Mississippians voted overwhelmingly to approve the new flag on November 3, 2020 after state Legislators retired the 1894 flag last summer.

Prior to this date, the Legislature created the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag to select a new banner to represent the state. The commission solicited ideas from the public, held open meetings at the Two Mississippi Museums, and conducted polls before selecting a design to place on the ballot for voters.  

The bill creating the commission also instructed lawmakers to enact the proposed flag into law if voters approved the design. The first action of the state legislature during the 2021 session was passage of House Bill No. 1, which enacts the new design into law. 

Members of the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag with Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (fifth from right) at Monday’s bill signing. Image: MDAH

“From our world-famous authors to the unmatched beauty of our natural resources, Mississippi has always been a place with limitless potential,” said Lieutenant Governor Hosemann. “In ratifying the peoples’ vote and in raising this new banner, we are signaling to the rest of the world we are ready to realize this potential, we are open for business, and we are living up to our welcoming reputation of hospitality. Today, we take a great step toward making Mississippi an even better place for our children and grandchildren, and for this I could not be any more proud.” 

Philip Gunn, Speaker of the House, said, “As I talked to people who voted for changing the flag, one question motivated them: ‘Will I be able to look my children and grandchildren in the eyes and be proud of my vote?’ Mississippians answered them loud and clear, once and for all. With an astounding majority, we as a state were united in showing the world that we choose to stand on the right side of history. This new flag boldly declares our trust in God, as a state. As we enter into a new year, a new session, may God bless our efforts, and may God bless the state of Mississippi as we set sail under this new flag.” 

Learn more about the process of creating the new state flag here.

Related: Visit Jackson Board Calls for Change of State Flag

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