Mississippi’s flag, the final state flag with a Accomplice battle emblem, is coming down after 126 years.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed into legislation a historic invoice that requires the present flag to come back down inside 15 days and units a framework for voters to choose a brand new design. The state legislature voted by a wide margin Sunday to scrap the Accomplice emblem, which many view as an emblem of slavery and segregation.
State lawmakers had confronted growing strain in current weeks amid nationwide protests over racial points and as many communities have determined to take down Confederate statues and monuments. Mr. Reeves has mentioned the argument over the flag had turn into as divisive because the flag itself.
The legislation additionally creates a nine-member fee to design a alternative, which should embrace the phrases, “In God We Belief.”