Conservative Gov. Signs Bill Changing State Flag

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill that removes the Confederate battle flag emblem from the state flag.

The Republican governor signed the bill Tuesday evening, which changes the flag for the first time in more than a century and removes the last such Confederate battle flag to appear on any state flag in the country.

“This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together and move on,” Reeves said at the signing ceremony. “A flag is a symbol of our past, our present, and our future. For those reasons, we need a new symbol.”

The signing comes a mere two days after the Mississippi Legislature made the historic decision to do away with the Confederate iconography. The legislation passed the Mississippi House 91-23 and passed the state’s Senate with a 37-14 vote.

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