On Sunday both the House and Senate of the Mississippi state legislature passed a bill to alter the state’s flag by removing the Confederate battle emblem.
The next step for the bill is to be signed by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves. Reeves said he would sign the legislation that is sent to him to remove the emblem.
The decision to change the state flag came after weeks of racial justice protests across the states. The legislation cleared the state House with a 91-23 vote and the state Senate with a 37-14 vote. Mississippi is the only state in the US with the Confederate emblem still present on its flag.
Republican Reeves said if a bill to change the state flag was passed, he would sign it.
“We should not be under any illusion that a vote in the Capitol is the end of what must be done — the job before us is to bring the state together and I intend to work night and day to do it,” Reeves said.
Bertram Hayes-Davis, Jefferson Davis’ great-great-grandson was glad to hear of the long overdue change. He said, “It is historic and heritage-related, there are a lot of people who look at it that way, and God bless them for that heritage. So put it in a museum and honor it there or put it in your house, but the flag of Mississippi should represent the entire population, and I am thrilled that we’re finally going to make that change.”