Mississippi is no longer a flagless state.
The ‘In God We Trust’ flag has been adopted as the ballot measure featuring the proposal passed by a 69-31% margin, according to NBC News.
The new state banner was selected by the nine-member Mississippi Flag Commission in September following the June removal and retirement of the former state flag that had flown above Mississippi since 1894.
Seen by many as a fresh new look for the state, the proposal is a welcomed change for the many state residents, business leaders, the SEC and others who publicly condemned the divisive nature of the confederate imagery featured on the former flag.
The following description of the flag was authored by the Department of Archives and History following the section of the design.
“The New Magnolia flag is anchored in the center field by a clean and modern Magnolia blossom, a symbol long-used to represent our state and the hospitality of our citizens. The New Magnolia also represents Mississippi’s sense of hope and rebirth, as the Magnolia often blooms more than once and has a long blooming season. The New Magnolia is sleek and updated to represent the forward progression of Mississippi.
The circle of twenty stars represents Mississippi as the twentieth state of the United States of America and is anchored by the gold five-point star, which stands alone. This star represents our first peoples, the indigenous Native American tribes of the land that would become Mississippi.
The color blue in the main field of the flag echoes the blue of the American flag, representing vigilance, justice, perseverance, while the bands of red represent hardiness and valor. The gold lines and the gold stamen of the New Magnolia are a nod to the rich cultural history of Mississippi, specifically the visual arts, literature, music, and performing arts to originate in our state.”
Over 3,000 submissions were sent to the commission at the beginning of the design process.