August 17, 2017
Mississippi has the last state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem—a red field topped by a blue tilted cross dotted with 13 white stars. The flag has been used since 1894. About two-thirds of the people who voted in the 2001 election voted to keep the design, a margin that roughly reflected the proportion of white to black residents.
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