Ole Miss displays new Mississippi state flag

New state flag in Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. (WMC) - The University of Mississippi displayed the new state flag on campus Wednesday morning.

Chancellor Glenn F. Boyce released a statement on Twitter announcing the big change. Boyce said, “This flag promotes qualities that unite all Mississippians and embraces the rich diversity of our state.”

On Election Day, 71 percent of the state voted yes for a new state flag. All counties, except two in south Mississippi, voted yes on this measure.

The Mississippi Legislature voted on a bill Sunday, June 30, to change the flag. Gov. Tate Reeves then signed the historic bill at the Governor’s Mansion, immediately removing official status for the 126-year-old banner.

Nine members of the Mississippi state flag commission worked together to find a new design.

They received nearly 3,000 submissions, the process included three rounds of elimination before a final selection was made on September 2.

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