The other has a magnolia blossom on a dark blue background. “When you fly a flag up a flagpole, it sure does look different than it does on paper,” said the chairman of the nine-member flag commission, former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson. The change came amid widespread national protests over racial injustice after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, who was Black, in their custody in May. Commissioners sent the four of those onto the final round. The final recommended design will go on the November statewide ballot for voters to accept or reject. The law that shelved the old flag also created the commission to recommend a new one. Commission member TJ Taylor asks a question during a meeting of the Mississippi State Flag Commission, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. The final recommended design will go on the November statewide ballot for voters to accept or reject. Design 2 chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag as one of five finalists. It was a flag with an outline of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi State Flag Commission narrowed their choices to two flags, of which this is one. It replaces the previous flag that displ… Dennis, who is African American, said she was pleased the state no longer uses the old flag. Mississippi flag committee whittles choices to five designs; which is your favorite? Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. An projection screen shows the five finalists chosen by the Mississippi State Flag commissioners Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. The flag chosen when Mississippi seceded featured a magnolia tree, she noted, and several people have voiced concerns it might be viewed as "a symbol of the Old South." JACKSON, Miss — A commission working on a new Mississippi flag has narrowed the choices to two designs. Afterward, it was passed by the state legislature on January 6, 2021, and will become the official state flag of the U.S. state of Mississippiupon the Governor's signature on January 11, 2021. Anchor of 'The Story' Martha MacCallum previews the start of the Biden administration. (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, via AP). Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. Luke Ramseth and Lici Beveridge, Mississippi Clarion Ledger. Delbert Hosemann, who worked to retire the old flag, watched as the new proposals were raised Tuesday, but he refrained from expressing any preference. Trump spent his last days in office seeking ways to challenge the outcome of the election, culminating in a riot at the Capitol and an unprecedented second impeachment. “The fact that they're taking the initiative and changing the state flag and putting something that's a little bit more peaceful and universal and has a positive message to it — I'm really proud that they're changing it," she said. Reuben Anderson, seated left, and Mary Graham, and other members of a commission that will recommend a new Mississippi state flag, discuss flag choices, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. One of the magnolia designs also incorporates the Mississippi River. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. The initiative proposes placing 4 flags on the ballot – the 1894 flag that was recently removed, the bicentennial flag with the state seal, the choice presented by the Flag Commission, and the Stennis, or Hospitality, Flag. The commission's five picks largely aligned with the public's top choices in the poll. The commissioners recommended a new design that does not include the emblem and includes the phrase, "In God We Trust." Each design includes the words "In God We Trust," as required under the legislation to change the flag. The magnolia design has 21 stars, with one representing the Choctaws, Chickasaws and other tribes, and the others representing Mississippi as the 20th state. Lawmakers could adopt a new Mississippi flag without Confederate imagery. EXCLUSIVE: Meet the man behind Mississippi's Mosquito Flag. These five designs — several of which the commission slightly tweaked on Tuesday morning — will be available for public viewing on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History website later on Tuesday. Now it's your turn. The flag commission voted 8-1 to choose the New Magnolia flag over the Great River flag. JACKSON, Miss. The Mississippi Flag Commission met Friday planning to narrow choices for a new state flag to five, but instead ended up with nine after much debate and tweaking of designs. Published 12:09 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 2:27 PM CDT A commission working on a new Mississippi flag has narrowed the choices to two designs. A fourth flag features a white magnolia tree on a blue background. The final recommended design will go on the November statewide ballot for voters to accept or reject. Mississippi flag: Final 5 choices made by commission. Proposed effort could revive Mississippi's rebel-themed flag. Follow @lramseth on Twitter. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. Design 4 chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag as one of five finalists. Commission chairman Reuben Anderson, addresses members of the Mississippi State Flag Commission, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. (WTOK) - The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag considered the nearly 3,000 flag submissions and narrowed their choices to 147. That was followed by a flag showing an outline of the Mississippi River, which garnered 19%, a flag with a large white magnolia surrounded by blue and red at 16%, then a similar magnolia one with a white background at 10%. Voters will then decide whether to approve that final design in November. It had been in use since 1894. To choose your favorite option for Mississippi's new flag, visit mdah.ms.gov/flagpoll-top5. They will reconvene in September to make their final choice. The new Mississippi flag could include a magnolia or stars or representations of rivers. Deval Patrick on Capitol riot, Domenech: Big Tech are ‘going to collude together to crush conservative speech’, MSNBC anchor mocked for 'softball' interview with Joe Biden aide, Virgin's mid-air-launched rocket deploys satellites in space. The five designs were manufactured into flags, and more than 50 people watched Tuesday as those were raised on a pole outside the Old Capitol Museum — the same building that was still an active statehouse in 1894 when white supremacists in the Mississippi Legislature adopted the Confederate-themed flag during backlash to political power that African Americans briefly gained during Reconstruction. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Mississippi Department of Archives and History director Katie Blount asks a question during a meeting of the Mississippi State Flag Commission, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. The proposals will be made into flags and be flown Aug. 25 in Jackson Miss. Commission members will rank the top ten choices, and during the next meeting on Aug. 14, the commissioners will select five flags for final (WLBT) - Mississippi is another step closer to a new state flag design to go on November’s ballot. Leaders from business, religion, education and sports lobbied legislators to furl Mississippi's 126-year-old flag, saying that the banner did not properly represent a state with a 38% Black population. JACKSON, Miss. "But we are at the point now where a decision needs to be made, and I'm going to vote to break the tie.". August 26, 2020, 2:17 PM • 4 min read. Commissioners can choose their own favorite to put on the ballot. They would need to obtain 106,000 signatures of registered voters for the initiative to appear on the ballot. A group recommending a new Mississippi state flag chose five final designs Tuesday — three with a magnolia blossom, one with a magnolia tree and one with a shield that has wavy lines representing water. Email the author. The final five … JACKSON, Miss. Mississippi lawmakers voted on Sunday to change the current state flag, which contains the Confederate Navy jack that is today’s most recognizable American white supremacist emblem. JACKSON, Miss. The commissioners will recommend a new design that does not include the emblem and includes the phrase, "In God We Trust." Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, joins Andrea Mitchell on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as Kamala Harris is set to make history as the first woman and first Black and South Asian-American to serve as Vice President. Contact Luke Ramseth at 601-961-7050 or lramseth@gannett.com. View the choices here. The nine-member Commiss… In the online poll, the Great River Flag generated the most votes with 25%. The Mississippi Flag Commission met Friday to whittle down the designs for a new state flag. A fourth design has only 20 stars including the Choctaw-inspired diamond star. The commissioners will each choose twenty-five flags by August 7, narrowing the entries to a maximum of 225. FOX News. Commission members narrow down their finalists to five submitted flag designs during a meeting of the Mississippi State Flag Commission, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. Anderson broke it, saying he had skipped casting a ballot for his favorite five designs. These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car, The Highest Paying Cash Back Card Has Hit The Market, 16 Highly Unnecessary Things People Waste Money On (You’re Guilty Of Many). Design 5 chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag as one of five finalists. Commission members will then rank their top ten choices. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. Jasmine Dennis, an architecture student from Jackson, watched as some of the proposed designs were flown. The commissioners recommended a new design that does not include the emblem and includes the phrase, "In God We Trust." Commissioners also nixed a design that featured a wavy line down the middle representing the Mississippi River. JACKSON, Miss. The fifth pick features a red, white and blue shield with one star above it. A crucial push came from the Southeastern Conference, which said Mississippi could lose some postseason events if it kept the old flag. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. The Mississippi Flag Commission has narrowed the choices for a new state flag. The commission's five picks largely aligned with the public's top choices in the poll.Commission Chairman Reuben Anderson noted more than 48,000 people voted. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. Nearly 2,700 public proposals to replace Mississippi’s state flag have been released online — including some that feature beer cans, Elvis Presley and Kermit the Frog. Magnolia State Live. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. The design with its own website has garnered much conversation on social media, and Whi and others have created numerous other images showing how the shield could be utilized to help brand Mississippi. How far to the left will the Biden administration push America? Commissioners continued to debate several variations of the nine finalists before their vote Tuesday. Follow. Follow Emily Wagster Pettus on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EWagsterPettus. Or it could reflect the state’s Native American heritage with a diamond shape that is important to the Choctaw community. "When the flag came down it was one of the great days of my life, so what came up made little or no difference to me — and I didn't vote," explained Anderson, who served as the first Black justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court. The designs that are still in the running will be posted on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History's website for public consideration. The final recommended design will go on the November statewide ballot for voters to accept or reject. We're going to give them the greatest flag we can have.". The Mississippi Flag Commission met Friday planning to narrow choices for a new state flag to five, but instead ended up with nine after much debate and tweaking of designs. MISSISSIPPI — The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag met July 28 for discussions on flag designs for the new Mississippi State ... and understand your options regarding Ad Choices. The fifth pick features a red, white and blue shield with one star above it. This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Mississippi flag: Final 5 choices made by commission. If the flag is not approved, the commission will submit a new flag and the voting process will repeat until a flag is approved by voters. But the fifth that made the cut — a blue flag featuring a magnolia tree — was not among the most popular flags in the public poll. Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated which flag advanced following a tiebreaker vote. But the online voting is not binding. Of the final five designs, three feature a magnolia blossom, one has a magnolia tree and one sports a shield that has wavy lines representing water. A group then narrowed the choice to two designs: One with a shield and one with a magnolia. 08-18. (Mississippi Dept. This image made available by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, shows one of the five designs chosen by the Mississippi State Flag … Mississippi flag committee whittles choices to five designs; which is your favorite? -- As Mississippi replaces its former flag that had the Confederate battle emblem, five proposals were literally run up a flagpole Tuesday. The general public submitted nearly 3,000 design proposals, and the commission last week narrowed that to the final five: the shield with wavy lines representing water; one with the Mississippi River snaking along the state's western border, plus a magnolia blossom; one with a magnolia blossom on a white background; one with the magnolia blossom on a dark blue background; and one with a stylized magnolia tree. These are the five design choices to be considered for Mississippi's new flag. "That shows that Mississippi has a tremendous amount of interest in what we're doing," Anderson said. of Archives and History) By WTOK Staff. Four of their choices include either a magnolia flower or magnolia tree in the center of stars. Michael Morris, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, said Tuesday the agency was contacting Whitson and the designers for the other four flags, to ensure that they approved of their flags advancing for final consideration. Another poll will soon be available on www.mdah.ms.gov for the public to weigh in on their favorite of the five finalists. While not a member of the nine-member commission, she monitored the meeting during which the commissioners narrowed down their selections to submitted flags. Those nine designs are available for public viewing and input on the Mississippi Department of … Ifill says, "Even as history is being made, we are returning in the United States Senate to a very grim look at representation in that body. Commissioners had narrowed the flag designs to nine last week, but wanted more time to consider which ones they like most. In early July, state lawmakers officially removed Mississippi’s longtime state flag, which featured a Confederate battle emblem. Mississippi Department of Archives and History director Katie Blount, left, listens as liaison Holly Lange confers with Mississippi State Flag Commission chairman Reuben Anderson prior to the commissioners meeting to narrow down their finalists to five submitted flag designs Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss.Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. Some of the choice for a new state flag. (WTOK) - The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag considered the nearly 3,000 flag submissions and narrowed their choices to 147. The … He picked a flag with an outline of the Mississippi River to advance ahead of one with a wavy line representing the river, according to a video of the meeting. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. They wanted to ensure no one would mistake the state outline on one flag for Alabama's. This flag was chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag and was approved by state referendum on November 3, 2020. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Flag Commission made its choice for a new state flag. View the flags here. Four of their choices include either a magnolia flower or magnolia tree in the center of stars. By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press. The Mississippi Flag Commission met Tuesday to narrow choices for a new state flag to five. Design 5 chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag as one of five finalists. Design 3 chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag as one of five finalists. 3/15 SLIDES © Special to the Clarion Ledger. There's tremendous work still to be done but nevertheless, incredibly exciting that Kamala Harris is making this move.". The pending flag of Mississippi features a white magnolia blossom and the words "In God We Trust" on a red field with a gold-bordered blue pale. The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag has received nearly 3,000 submissions that meet the legislative criteria. Gov. Published 5:01 pm Friday, August 14, 2020. By The Associated Press. State officials said about 3,000 designs were submitted by Mississippians by an Aug. 1 deadline. Some of the flags show the Mississippi state … The commissioners will recommend a new design that does not include the emblem and includes the phrase, "In God We Trust." Legislators also mandated that the new flag include the phrase, “In God We Trust.”. – Mississippi will soon have a new state flag after voters signed off Tuesday on a proposed blue, red and gold design featuring a magnolia flower.. The nine-member flag commission on Tuesday modified three finalists slightly to include 21 stars in a circle — 20 representing Mississippi's position as the 20th state to join the Union, and one gold star made of diamonds to represent the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and other indigenous groups. By law, the old flag with the Confederate battle emblem is not an option, and the replacement cannot have the emblem that's widely condemned as racist. Commission member Frank Bordeaux asks a question during a meeting of the Mississippi State Flag Commission, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. If they reject it, the design process will begin again and another design will go on the ballot later. Proposed effort could revive Mississippi's rebel-themed flag, Mississippi Department of Archives and History website, Meet the man behind Mississippi's Mosquito Flag, when lawmakers earlier this summer voted to remove Mississippi's previous banner. JACKSON, Miss. The choices for Mississippi's new flag were narrowed to five after commissioners discussed the merits of several design modifications during a Tuesday meeting. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. … By Associated Press , Wire Service Content Aug. 26, 2020 By Associated Press , … Since then, commissioners first picked 147 proposals they liked, which were then cut down to 11, and then nine, through a ranking process. “I think I'm going to love whichever one they pick,” he said. Eliminated from consideration Tuesday were two flags dominated by the color green, as well as one with stars surrounding an outline of the state. The flag that does not include a magnolia is known as The Great River Flag, and was designed by Micah Whitson, an Ole Miss graduate who lives in the Boston area. Only two choices remain in Mississippi flag design competition The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag met Tuesday morning in Jackson to … Design 1 chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag as one of five finalists. In late June, Mississippi legislators voted to retire the last state flag to include the Confederate battle emblem — a red field topped by a blue X with white stars. 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The Rebel flag emblem in the upper left corner of the current flag has caused a lot of contention in the state. Commissioners plan to meet again Aug. 25 to watch each of the finalists fly from a flagpole outside the Old Capitol. Commission member Mack Varner reacts to a question during a meeting of the Mississippi State Flag Commission, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. They wondered if a double-sided flag would be acceptable, and where to place the larger star representing Choctaws. The process of choosing a new flag was put in motion when lawmakers earlier this summer voted to remove Mississippi's previous banner, which featured the Confederate battle emblem. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, A jittery nation days before Inauguration; gun rights caravans roll into Richmond, Retired FDNY firefighter faces charges in Capitol riot: report, A Brief History of Flags Over Mississippi. Each of the final designs contains a single star made of diamond shapes to represent the Native American people who lived in Mississippi before others arrived. Commissioners will choose a single design next week, and that will go on the Nov. 3 ballot for voters to accept or reject. If a majority of those voting in the November election accept the lone design, it will become the new state flag. Bring it back? The public voted on their favorites of those nine in a nonbinding poll posted on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History website. (Source: Mississippi Department of Archives and History) By Jacob Gallant | August 10, 2020 at 1:21 PM CDT - Updated August 12 at 6:17 AM . View the choices here. The public may vote on their favorite designs at mdah.ms.gov/flagpoll-top5. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. The commission has been working with a designer to make some tweaks to many of the originally submitted designs. One has a shield. Head of DC National Guard discusses inauguration security, Trump plans to leave in dramatic fashion yet continues to stay out of sight, James Comey calls threat of riots on Inauguration Day ‘very concerning’, The Trump letter his lawyers said should never see 'light of day', Giuliani says he won't represent Trump at president's impeachment trial, This image made available by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, shows one of the five designs chosen by the Mississippi State Flag Commission to replace the recently retired flag that included the Confederate battle emblem. The commission started with more than 1,000 choices and narrowed it down to 147 and then nine. After commissioners had voted on their favorite five, there was a tie. Now it's your turn. The commission had planned to cut the field to the final five choices, but delayed the vote until Tuesday. Friday, they narrowed it down to the top nine. Mississippi Department of Archives and History director Katie Blount speaks to reporters following a meeting of the Mississippi State Flag Commission, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi voters will either approve or vote against the flag in November. A formal public comment period will last from that meeting until the commission's final meeting Sept. 2, where they are expected to pick a winner. The designs are some combination of red, white and blue, though a few choices feature a green background. How Donald Trump spent his last days as president. Commission narrows down state flag design choices. 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