Mississippi

flag of Mississippi
The Magnolia State
Admitted December 10, 1817

The controversial Mississippi flag is the second flag the state has officially adopted, replacing the original “Magnolia Flag.”

Since Georgia changed its flag in 2003, Mississippi is the only U.S. flag to feature the Confederate battle flag, often called “The Southern Cross.”

This version of the flag was adopted February 7, 1894, almost 30 years after the end of the American Civil War.

The people of Mississippi voted (with a significant majority) to keep this version of the flag in a referendum on April 17, 2001.

Composition

The Mississippi flag is a horizontal tricolor of blue, white, and red.

It features a fimbriated canton of red with a blue saltire, bordered in white and emblazoned with thirteen white five-pointed stars.

flag of Mississippi

Iconography

Both the second and third national flags of the Confederate States, like the Mississippi state flag, use the battle flag in their cantons.

Defenders of the battle flag claim it is a symbol of the south’s history and defense of liberty and states’ rights during the Civil War.

Despite this claim, it is representative of the Confederacy’s support and defense of slavery. Since the war, the battle flag has been used as a rallying banner for white supremacists and a symbol of continued racism and violence.

the Confederate battle flag

Colors

The Mississippi flag uses the same red, white, and blue as the U.S. national flag.

Red
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Cable No. 70180 Old Glory Red
PMS 193C
Blue
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Cable No. 70075 Old Glory Blue
PMS 282c
White
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Cable No. 70001 White
Pantone White

Construction

The flag should have a proportion of 2:3.

The canton should be square, 2/3 the width of the hoist.

construction sheet for the flag of Mississippi

Previous iteration

Adopted March 30, 1861, the original Mississippi flag was known as the “Magnolia Flag.” It featured a magnolia tree centered on a field of white and a blue canton with one white five-pointed star. At the free end is a uniform perpendicular stripe of red.

The blue canton is modeled after the Bonnie Blue Flag, a symbolic banner of the Confederacy.

original version of the Mississippi flag

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