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New Flag, Sans Confederate Emblem, Flies Over Mississippi Capitol. Here Are Reactions

Feb 02, 2021

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New Mississippi state flag made by Johnin

Moss Point raised the new "In God We Trust" state flag at city hall. The Confederate emblem flag flew for more than 100 years. City officials say that they believe the changing of the state flag is helping move the state forward. 

“Genuinely beautiful,” “gorgeous” and “an excellent improvement.”

Those are words used to describe Mississippi’s new state flag, which flew at the state Capitol for the first time Monday.

Governor Tate Reeves signed the design into law this week, nearly six months after lawmakers voted to retire the former, Confederate-themed banner. The new flag features a blooming magnolia and the phrase “In God We Trust” surrounded by 20 stars — a nod to Mississippi’s “status as the 20th state in the union,” CNN reported.

It marked a moment of pride for residents such as Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, who cheered the new flag design in a Twitter post Monday.

Proud to call Mississippi my home. pic.twitter.com/Yr0bZztnR9

— Morgan Freeman (@morgan_freeman) January 12, 2021


“Proud to call Mississippi my home,” Freeman wrote alongside a photo of the flag flying high.

This sentiment was echoed by fellow Mississippians who were ready to bid farewell to one of the last flags featuring the Confederate battle emblem, a symbol Reeves on Monday called “a prominent roadblock to unity.”

“When many looked at our former flag, they just saw a symbol of the state and heritage they love,” Reeves said, according to the Associated Press. “But many felt dismissed, diminished and even hated because of that flag. That is not a firm foundation for our state. So today, we turn the page.”

Others cheered the new, updated flag on social media.

“I never thought I would see a Mississippi flag that wasn’t a slap in my face,” a Twitter user commented. “I still can’t believe they changed it.”