Specialty Flag Plates Lose Confederate "X"

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi residents who want a state flag without the Confederate battle emblem will soon be able to display one on their license plate. On Tuesday Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill authorizing several new specialty license plates starting July 1st; one features a proposed state flag designed by Jackson artist Laurin Stennis, the granddaughter of the late Senator John Stennis. Like most other specialty car tags in Mississippi, this one will cost an extra $30 a year. Most of the money will go toward operation and maintenance of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum which opened in Jackson in 2017. Mississippi is the last state with the Confederate emblem on its flag; Mississippians voted to keep the 1894 flag in a 2001 statewide election. Critics claim it’s racist and supporters call it a historic symbol. Bryant has said that another election should decide if the flag is to be redesigned.


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