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MS lawmaker wants to change state flag

1 year 5 months 1 week ago June 22, 2015 Jun 22, 2015 Monday, June 22 2015 June 22, 2015 8:01 PM in News
Source: Associated Press, WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

JACKSON, Miss - Hours after the governor of South Carolina called for the Confederate Flag to be removed from a flag pole on capitol grounds, a lawmaker in Mississippi asked that the Confederate battle emblem be removed from its position on the state flag of Mississippi.

One of the corners of the flag has the symbol. Voters decided in a 2-to-1 margin in 2001 to keep the state flag used since 1894. But, State House Speaker Philip Gunn said while it is important to remember the past, it "does not mean we must let it define us." Gunn is a republican.

Officials are also dealing with a similar issue in Tennessee where officials want to remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state Capitol, the Associated Press reported. Forrest was a Confederate general and an early Ku Klux Klan leader.
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