Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill into law that will change the state flag by removing the Confederate battle emblem, first included 126 years ago.
The bill calls for the formation of a commission to lead a flag redesign that eliminates the Confederate symbol but keeps the slogan “In God We Trust.” A redesign approved by the committee would then be placed on the November ballot.
If voters reject the new design in November, the commission would try again for a new flag that would be presented to the Legislature during the 2021 session.
The current flag, featuring red, white and blue stripes with the Confederate battle emblem in the corner, was adopted in February 1894, according to the Mississippi Historical Society.
Other attempts to change the flag have fallen short over the years, including a 2001 public referendum in which 64 percent voted against a redesign.