The colors and the design of the state flag of Mississippi are used to represent the state’s heritage and history. The flag features the national colors of the United States. It also features the Confederate battle flag, which has 13 stars representing the 13 original colonies of the United States.
Colors of the Flag
There are three colors featured in the design of the flag of Mississippi. There are three horizontal stripes making up the background. These colors are blue, white and red—the national colors of the US. The flag also features the red white and blue Confederate saltire used in the Confederate battle flag. This saltie has 13 stars, each of which represents one of the original colonies of the US.
History of the Flag
Prior to 1861, the state did not have its own flag. However, when it seceded from the union in January of 1861, a Bonnie Blue Flag went into use temporarily. This flag featured a white five-pointed star on a blue field.
An official flag was adopted the same year. This flag was known as the Magnolia Flag. It featured the Bonnie Blue Flag design in the canton, with a Magnolia tree in the center and a red border on the right side of the flag. This state flag was the official state flag until 1865, although it remained in use through 1894.
The current state flag was adopted on April 23, 1894. It was repealed in 1906, but it remained in use. A new design was proposed in 2001, but the referendum was rejected. It was after this that the flag was officially readopted on April 17, 2001.
The state of Mississippi has a pledge to its state flag. State statutes make it mandatory for public schools to teach this pledge in addition to the pledge of allegiance to the US flag.
Mississippi’s flag is the only one in the United States to feature the Confederate saltire.
Red, White, Blue
Three horizontal stripes, blue, white, red with a blue "X" with white stars in the top left corner