A state commission responsible for choosing Mississippi’s next flag decided Wednesday on a design featuring 20 stars and a magnolia flower to replace the Confederate imagery on the current state flag.

The Magnolia Flag, which is set against a dark blue and red backdrop and features the state flower and the words “In God We Trust,” will now be in the hands of voters whether to approve the proposed change during the November elections. 

The stars surrounding the magnolia flower represents Mississippi’s place as the 20th state to join the union. A golden star appears at the top of the circle to represent the state’s Native American heritage. 

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According to the Clarion Ledger, the options came down to two flags: The Magnolia Flag and the Great River Flag. The latter design featured a shield with wavy lines that represented the waters of the Mississippi River. Micah Whitson, the designer of the Great River Flag, said the lines at the top of the shield embodied the waters that have long powered the economy and influenced Mississippi’s culture. 



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