Mississippi Flag History
Adopted: April 23, 1894
Mississippi Flag Design: Three horizontal stripes of blue, white, and red. The canton is square, spans two stripes, consists of a red background with a blue saltire, bordered with white, and emblazoned with thirteen (13) five-pointed stars.
Designated in 1894, the Mississippi flag incorporates the national colors – red, white, and blue – and 13 stars for the original states of the Union. The flag was adopted by popular vote on April 17, 2001.
Almost thirty years later, on January 22, 1894, Governor John Marshall Stone sent a written message to the Mississippi Legislature calling its attention to the fact that Mississippi did not have a state flag or a coat of arms and urged the lawmakers to adopt an official state emblem and a coat of arms. The legislature responded quickly to Governor Stone’s suggestion and sent him a bill February 6 creating a state flag. The description of the Mississippi flag recommended by the joint legislative committee was:
"One with width two-thirds of its length, with the union square in width, two-thirds of the width of the flag; the ground of the union to be red and a broad blue saltier thereon bordered with white and emblazoned with thirteen (13) mullets or five-pointed stars, corresponding to the number of the original States of the Union; the field to be divided into three bars of equal width, the upper one blue, the center one white, the lower one red; the national colors; the staff surmounted with a spear-head and battle-axe below; the flag to be fringed with gold, and the staff gilded with gold."
According to the best information available, Senator E.N. Scudder of Mayersville, a member of the Joint Legislative Committee for a State Flag, designed Mississippi’s new flag.
In 1924, Fayssoux Scudder Corneil, Senator Scudder’s daughter, stated in an address to the annual convention of the Mississippi Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, that her father designed the flag and included the Beauregard battle flag in the canton corner to honor the Confederate soldier. Corneil recalled:
"My father loved the memory of the valor and courage of those brave men who wore the grey…. He told me that it was a simple matter for him to design the flag because he wanted to perpetuate in a legal and lasting way that dear battle flag under which so many of our people had so gloriously fought."
Pledge to the Mississippi State Flag
The pledge to the state flag is:
I salute the flag of Mississippi and the sovereign state for which it stands with pride in her history and achievements and with confidence in her future under the guidance of Almighty God. — Mississippi Code Ann., Section 37-13-7, 1972
The statute is part of the set of state statutes that governs the curriculum of the state's public schools. Section 37-13-7 provides: "The pledge of allegiance to the Mississippi flag shall be taught in the public schools of this state, along with the pledge of allegiance to the United States flag."
NOT ALL MISSISSIPPI STATE FLAGS ARE THE SAME!
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"Flags Over Mississippi", Mississippi History Now