The New Mississippi Flag
Name: The "In God We Trust" flag, The New Magnolia
Use: Civil and state flag
Adopted: January 11, 2021
Designed by: Rocky Vaughan, Sue Anna Joe, Kara Giles, Dominique Pugh, and Micah Whitson
Mississippi Flag Design: The Mississippi flag features a white magnolia blossom and the words "In God We Trust" on a red field with a gold-bordered blue pale. This flag was chosen by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag and was approved by state referendum on November 3, 2020.
Afterward, it was passed by the state legislature on January 6, 2021, and it became the official state flag of the U.S. state of Mississippi on January 11, 2021. It replaces the previous flag that displayed the Confederate battle insignia in the upper left hand corner, which was retired on June 30, 2020.
State Leaders Raise New Mississippi Flag at State Capitol
On Monday, January 11, Governor Tate Reeves signed the bill ratifying the newly adopted state flag at the Two Mississippi Museums. Afterwards, Governor Reeves joined Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn to lead a flag-raising ceremony on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol.
Legislators retired the 1894 flag last summer and created the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag to select a new banner to represent the state. The commission solicited ideas from the public, held open meetings at the Two Mississippi Museums, and conducted polls before selecting a design to place on the ballot for voters. Mississippians voted overwhelmingly to approve the flag on November 3, 2020.
The bill creating the commission also instructed lawmakers to enact the proposed flag into law if voters approved the design. The first action of the state legislature during the 2021 session was passage of House Bill No. 1, which enacts the new design into law.
To mark the occasion, Lieutenant Governor Hosemann said, “From our world-famous authors to the unmatched beauty of our natural resources, Mississippi has always been a place with limitless potential. In ratifying the peoples vote and in raising this new banner, we are signaling to the rest of the world we are ready to realize this potential, we are open for business, and we are living up to our welcoming reputation of hospitality. Today, we take a great step toward making Mississippi an even better place for our children and grandchildren, and for this I could not be any more proud.”
Philip Gunn, Speaker of the House, shared this: “As I talked to people who voted for changing the flag, one question motivated them: ‘Will I be able to look my children and grandchildren in the eyes and be proud of my vote?’ Mississippians answered them loud and clear, once and for all. With an astounding majority we as a state were united in showing the world that we choose to stand on the right side of history. This new flag boldly declares our trust in God, as a state. As we enter into a new year, a new session, may God bless our efforts, and may God bless the state of Mississippi as we set sail under this new flag.”
Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag
House Bill 1796 established the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag and instructed the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) to provide clerical support for the commission. According to the bill, the purpose of the commission is to develop, design, and report to the governor and the legislature its recommendation for the design of the new state flag no later than September 14.
Over the course of two months, the nine-member commission considered thousands of designs and took into consideration historical elements and good flag design principles. Led by former Mississippi Supreme Court justice Reuben Anderson, the commissioners took their task seriously and deliberately. The commission announced its recommendation of the “In God We Trust” flag on September 2. Mississippians voted to approve the flag design on November 3, 2020. Lawmakers will enact the new design into law during the 2021 legislative session in accordance with House Bill 1796.
Mississippi Flag Image Use
The intellectual rights to the "In God We Trust" flag design have been cleared. The design is owned by the state of Mississippi and can be freely used by members of the public. There are no costs associated with using the design. The image is courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
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!
Extra care is taken in making these flags. Flag designs are researched to ensure that they are authentic and current. We use sturdy fabrics, allowing the flags to be flown outdoors, indoors, or carried in parades.
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- State flags constructed to precise specifications
- Flies in the slightest breeze
- Proudly Made In The USA
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