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GOP senators: Remove Confederate sign from Mississippi flag

4 years 9 months 1 week ago Wednesday, June 24 2015 Jun 24, 2015 June 24, 2015 2:22 PM June 24, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

JACKSON, MS - Both of Mississippi's Republican U.S. senators say the state should remove a Confederate battle emblem from its flag.

Sen. Thad Cochran says state symbols should reflect "unity and not divisiveness."

Cochran's statement Wednesday came hours after Sen. Roger Wicker said the flag used since Reconstruction "should be put in a museum and replaced by one that is more unifying."

As Old South symbols are reconsidered after deadly shootings at a South Carolina church, Mississippi's top officials are divided about the last state flag featuring the Confederate X.

The Republican governor and lieutenant governor say the flag design was settled by a 2001 election.

The Republican state House speaker and the Democratic attorney general say Christianity should compel the state to change the flag to remove a symbol many find offensive.

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