Mississippi Mississippi State Flag

The Mississippi flag was formally adopted on April 23, 1894. Since, Mississippi has maintained the same flag for the last 124 years.

The Mississippi flag was voted 15th best out of 51 Flags ranked by the North American Vexillological Association.

The 3 main colors in the Mississippi flag are #BF0A30, #002868, and #FFFFFF. The Mississippi flag width is 1.5 times the height. Standard flag size is 3 feet x 4.5 feet.

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Mississippi Flag

The Mississippi State Flag. Adopted by State Legislature on April 23, 1894.

Colors

#BF0A30 48.3%
#002868 28%
#FFFFFF 23.1%
Percentage totals may not equal 100. Colors with less than 1 percent are ignored.

Description

Enriched with the national colors of the United States, the Mississippi state flag consists of a union square in the top left hand corner which holds the ever-controversial Confederate flag. The Confederate flag has a field of red with intersecting blue lines. These lines hold 13 stars which represent the first colonies of the union. The rest of the Mississippi flag is divided into three bars horizontally of equal width. The top bar is blue, followed by white then the longer red bar.

The pledge to the flag of the State of Mississippi 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.”

Meaning

The blue cross on the Confederate battle flag is a symbol of martyrdom of the people who fought for the freedom of the state. The red color on the rest of the state flag represents the valor and courage while blue signifies allegiance, justice, and determination. White shows harmony and morality in the midst of disorder and war. The combination of blue, red, and white on the Mississippi flag symbolizes both the nation its freedom.

History

When Mississippi left the union in 1861, the confederate state didn’t exist. So Mississippi, declaring her independence, started using the Bonnie Blue flag. The simple design had a blue background with a single five pointed star positioned predominately in the middle. In 1894, Mississippi opted for a new flag which still kept the Bonnie Blue design in the upper left-hand corner but added a pretty little Magnolia tree in the center. It was known as the Magnolia flag and remained as the official state flag for a total of 33 years. During the later years, the Confederate flag also continued to fly without restraint in Mississippi. The current flag was then adopted in 1894 by the Mississippi legislature. It was repealed in 1906 but remained in use until 2001 when the Supreme Court ruled that the state didn’t have an official flag so they just kept the 1894 version anyway.

Due to controversies surrounding the Confederate battle flag on the canton corner of the official state flag, a referendum was held in 2001 where the residents were asked whether a new design should be adopted. Voters overwhelmingly chose to remain with the old flag. The people of Mississippi love the symbolism and memory of their heritage the flag incites. However, some residents still disapprove of preserving those memories. The flag’s controversies and objections show no sign of stopping.


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