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Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove rebel emblem from flag

Larry Eubanks
Posted at 7:46 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 19:46:51-04

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators have voted to raucous cheers and applause to remove a Confederate battle emblem from their state flag.

Mississippi’s House and Senate took historic votes Sunday to retire the flag adopted in 1894.

It's the last state flag that included a Confederate symbol that many people condemn as racist. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. The change comes amid widespread protests over racial injustice.

Mississippi has a 38% Black population. A commission would design a new flag that cannot include the Confederate symbol but must have the words “In God We Trust.” Voters will be asked to approve the new design in the Nov. 3 election.