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MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi is a constituent state of the United States of America also known as the land between the rivers. Mississippi is smaller than most of the U.S. states and its border extends on the north by Tennessee, on the east by Alabama, on the south by Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, and on the west by Louisiana and Arkansas. The name is derived from a Native American word that signifies “great waters” or “father of waters.” In 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state of the United States.

Mississippi has got the most recent changes in its flag. History has inclusives that on January 9, 1861, when Mississippi passed its Ordinance of Secession prior to joining the Confederate States of America, the flag with blue background with a single center star was hoisted. The flag was known as the Bonnie Blue Flag throughout the south. On January 26 that same year Mississippi implicated the practice of the Magnolia Flag that featured the native tree on a white field, the canton was blue with a central white star gradually incorporating the Bonnie Blue design.

With a new state constitution of white majority willing to minimize black influence in state affairs in 1890, the shift of power was indicated with adoption of a new flag on February 7, 1894. The Stars and Bars of the Confederacy was recalled by its three horizontal stripes while its canton was formed by the Confederate Battle Flag. In 1996, the separation of the canton from the blue and red stripes was confirmed by a white fimbriation gubernatorial decree.

The 1894 design got much opposition from civilians claiming the flag as a recall to Black savery and racism although many supporters interpreted the flag as state pride and heritage representation. The state Supreme Court inadvertently omitted the flag and ceased to be legal at the time. On may 6, 2000 the design was authorized as interim flag then later approved the same design as per a statewide referendum on April 7 2001.