Data News Staff Edited Report
As the tide of history is turning, the Mississippi Legislature made history Sunday, by approving a bill that will change the state flag and erase a Confederate Battle Emblem that many condemned as continuing the legacy of a racist past for the state.
In a statement regarding this issue, State Senator David Blount said, “It’s a great day for Mississippi. It’s the right thing to do.”
The flag has flown over the Capitol for 126 years.
The House overwhelmingly approved the bill 91-23. The bill was then sent to the Senate, which passed it with a 37-14 vote. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, said Saturday that he will sign the bill.
“Peoples’ hearts have changed. That is for the better of the people of Mississippi,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.
The bill calls for the creation of a nine-member commission that would meet to develop a new design that does not include the Confederate Battle Emblem and shall include the words “In God, We Trust.” They would report to the Secretary of State and the design would go before voters in November.