The commission started with more than 1,000 choices and narrowed it down to 147 and then 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. It replaces the previous flag that displ… How far to the left will the Biden administration push America? The … 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. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. The law that shelved the old flag also created the commission to recommend a new one. (WTOK) - The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag considered the nearly 3,000 flag submissions and narrowed their choices to 147. August 26, 2020, 2:17 PM • 4 min read. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. They would need to obtain 106,000 signatures of registered voters for the initiative to appear on the ballot. The final recommended design will go on the November statewide ballot for voters to accept or reject. 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 choices for Mississippi's new flag were narrowed to five after commissioners discussed the merits of several design modifications during a Tuesday meeting. 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. Friday, they narrowed it down to the top nine. Four of their choices include either a magnolia flower or magnolia tree in the center of stars. The Mississippi Flag Commission has narrowed the choices for a new state flag. 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. “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. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. Voters will then decide whether to approve that final design in November. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. Another poll will soon be available on www.mdah.ms.gov for the public to weigh in on their favorite of the five finalists. Or it could reflect the state’s Native American heritage with a diamond shape that is important to the Choctaw community. 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. The Mississippi Flag Commission met Tuesday to narrow choices for a new state flag to five. Jasmine Dennis, an architecture student from Jackson, watched as some of the proposed designs were flown. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is putting the designs online so people — inside or outside the state — can vote on their favorite. The public voted on their favorites of those nine in a nonbinding poll posted on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History website. View the choices here. JACKSON, Miss. These are the five design choices to be considered for Mississippi's new flag. View the flags here. While not a member of the nine-member commission, she monitored the meeting during which the commissioners narrowed down their selections to submitted flags. Mississippi flag: Final 5 choices made by commission. 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. Follow Emily Wagster Pettus on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EWagsterPettus. 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. Bring it back? Now it's your turn. 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. (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 . JACKSON, Miss — A commission working on a new Mississippi flag has narrowed the choices to two designs. 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. “I think I'm going to love whichever one they pick,” he said. The proposals will be made into flags and be flown Aug. 25 in Jackson Miss. The other has a magnolia blossom on a dark blue background. It was a flag with an outline of the Mississippi River. Gov. The nine-member Commiss… The final recommended design will go on the November statewide ballot for voters to accept or reject. 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. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag has received nearly 3,000 submissions that meet the legislative criteria. 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. Eliminated from consideration Tuesday were two flags dominated by the color green, as well as one with stars surrounding an outline of the state. (WLBT) - Mississippi is another step closer to a new state flag design to go on November’s ballot. JACKSON, Miss. The change came amid widespread national protests over racial injustice after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, who was Black, in their custody in May. It had been in use since 1894. One has a shield. 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. In early July, state lawmakers officially removed Mississippi’s longtime state flag, which featured a Confederate battle emblem. Email the author. State officials said about 3,000 designs were submitted by Mississippians by an Aug. 1 deadline. A commission working on a new Mississippi flag has narrowed the choices to two designs. 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. Follow @lramseth on Twitter. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. The public may vote on their favorite designs at mdah.ms.gov/flagpoll-top5. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Flag Commission made its choice for a new state flag. The commission has been working with a designer to make some tweaks to many of the originally submitted designs. "We're sure not going to disappoint them. Commissioners can choose their own favorite to put on the ballot. Dennis, who is African American, said she was pleased the state no longer uses the old flag. 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%. Mississippi flag committee whittles choices to five designs; which is your favorite? 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. Legislators also mandated that the new flag include the phrase, “In God We Trust.”. JACKSON, Miss. 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. 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. 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. Design 4 chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag as one of five finalists. (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, via AP). Proposed effort could revive Mississippi's rebel-themed flag. The Mississippi Flag Commission met Friday to whittle down the designs for a new state flag. Those nine designs are available for public viewing and input on the Mississippi Department of … By Associated Press , Wire Service Content Aug. 26, 2020 By Associated Press , … 08-18. Design 5 chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag as one of five finalists. 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. 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. -- As Mississippi replaces its former flag that had the Confederate battle emblem, five proposals were literally run up a flagpole Tuesday. The fifth pick features a red, white and blue shield with one star above it. Each design includes the words "In God We Trust," as required under the legislation to change the flag. Anderson broke it, saying he had skipped casting a ballot for his favorite five designs. Now it's your turn. The final recommended design will go on the November statewide ballot for voters to accept or reject. 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. Commissioners plan to meet again Aug. 25 to watch each of the finalists fly from a flagpole outside the Old Capitol. The commission's five picks largely aligned with the public's top choices in the poll. 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Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. “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. Commissioners continued to debate several variations of the nine finalists before their vote Tuesday. The Mississippi State Flag Commission narrowed their choices to two flags, of which this is one. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. … Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? 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 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. 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. Since then, commissioners first picked 147 proposals they liked, which were then cut down to 11, and then nine, through a ranking process. Commissioners had narrowed the flag designs to nine last week, but wanted more time to consider which ones they like most. Design 5 chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag as one of five finalists. 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. of Archives and History) By WTOK Staff. "But we are at the point now where a decision needs to be made, and I'm going to vote to break the tie.". To choose your favorite option for Mississippi's new flag, visit mdah.ms.gov/flagpoll-top5. If they reject it, the design process will begin again and another design will go on the ballot later. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Four of their choices include either a magnolia flower or magnolia tree in the center of stars. The fifth pick features a red, white and blue shield with one star above it. Mississippi voters will either approve or vote against the flag in November. Delbert Hosemann, who worked to retire the old flag, watched as the new proposals were raised Tuesday, but he refrained from expressing any preference. Anchor of 'The Story' Martha MacCallum previews the start of the Biden administration. 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. Lawmakers could adopt a new Mississippi flag without Confederate imagery. FOX News. – 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.. Commissioners will choose a single design next week, and that will go on the Nov. 3 ballot for voters to accept or reject. The commissioners recommended a new design that does not include the emblem and includes the phrase, "In God We Trust." JACKSON, Miss. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. The commissioners recommended a new design that does not include the emblem and includes the phrase, "In God We Trust." 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. The commission had planned to cut the field to the final five choices, but delayed the vote until Tuesday. The final recommended design will go on the November statewide ballot for voters to accept or reject. Commissioners sent the four of those onto the final round. A group then narrowed the choice to two designs: One with a shield and one with a magnolia. They wanted to ensure no one would mistake the state outline on one flag for Alabama's. 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." This flag was chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag and was approved by state referendum on November 3, 2020. 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. 3/15 SLIDES © Special to the Clarion Ledger. 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. This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Mississippi flag: Final 5 choices made by commission. Design 1 chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag as one of five finalists. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. Mississippi flag committee whittles choices to five designs; which is your favorite? "That shows that Mississippi has a tremendous amount of interest in what we're doing," Anderson said. (WTOK) - The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag considered the nearly 3,000 flag submissions and narrowed their choices to 147. 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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. JACKSON, Miss. 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. Follow. Only two choices remain in Mississippi flag design competition The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag met Tuesday morning in Jackson to … 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. Magnolia State Live. Published 12:09 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2020. 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