Three of the flags function a magnolia flower, Mississippi’s state flower, within the middle. On every of these flags, the flower is surrounded by a circle of stars to suggest Mississippi’s standing because the 20th state.
A fourth flag contains a white magnolia tree on a blue background.
All of the choices function the phrases, “In God, We Belief” — a requisite from the state legislature.
And every design features a yellow diamond-shaped star to mirror Mississippi’s Native American historical past and tradition.
The tribal chief of Mississippi’s Choctaw Indians, Cyrus Ben, who’s on the flag fee, beforehand stated that the image is critical to his tribe, seen in clothes, bead work and basket designs, and represents the jap diamond-backed rattlesnake.
The five flags have been posted on the Mississippi Division of Archives and Historical past’s web site for the general public to vote on.
Over the previous month, with the assistance of MDAH, the fee members steadily narrowed down the choices from an preliminary 3,000 submissions, to 146 choices, to 9 finalists final week.
As of Monday afternoon, over 48,000 preliminary votes had been forged in a public ballot for Mississippians to decide on their favourite of the 9.
“This exhibits Mississippi has an incredible curiosity in what we’re doing,” fee chair Reuben Anderson stated throughout Tuesday’s assembly. “We’re certain not going to disappoint them. We’ll give them the best flag that we will have.”
MDAH Division Director Katie Blount instructed CNN on Tuesday that the “stage of public engagement has stayed very excessive all through” the choice course of.
She described the method as “constructive” and stated that the commissioners, who had been chosen by Mississippi’s governor, lieutenant governor and Home speaker, have “labored collectively rather well” and have listened to one another and the general public.
“The back-and-forth (between the commissioners) has been a very vital a part of the method,” Blount stated.
The commissioners will meet once more in late August to evaluate what the flags seem like on a flagpole. The flags will likely be flown in entrance of the Outdated State Capitol after which opened as much as public remark. Every of the designs could should bear minor modifications to suit flag proportions.
They’re anticipated to pick out the final flag on September 2 to undergo Gov. Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Legislature.
“The primary factor is that everyone, the general public, must know that this can be a alternative they may have on the November poll,” Blount instructed CNN.
Mississippi retired its state flag in June, which had been the final US state flag to function the Accomplice battle flag.