Here's a Controversial Piece to Add to Your U.S. States' Fridge Magnet Collection
The Mississippi State Flag has been the subject of debate for many years, even to the extent that in 2001 the entire state voted whether or not to change it- with a strong 64% of Mississippians voting to keep their flag as it flies. This magnet makes a great souvenir from Mississippi, and for 64% of the state's residents it makes a statement of pride in heritage.
Of course, it only takes one glance to understand why this banner might be the center of a controversy. Mississippi is the only state in the United States that includes the Confederate Flag as part of its state flag. The upper left section, the canton, has a red field behind a blue saltire. The saltire is a blue x-shaped cross that is bordered in white and has thirteen white stars. The rest of the flag consists of three wide horizontal stripes: blue, white, and then red.
Some Interesting Tidbits about the Magnolia State and Its Flag
Starting with why is it nicknamed the Magnolia State? Another obvious answer: the magnolia blossom is the official state flower. The beautiful, fragrant white flower grows prevalently throughout the state on the magnolia tree, and is even embossed on the Mississippi State Quarter.
In 1817 Mississippi became the 20th state in the United States. When the state joined the Civil War in 1861 they flew a flag that included the magnolia tree on a white field, one red vertical stripe on the right end and a white star in a blue box on the upper left. This flag was the official banner until 1894, when the Mississippi General Assembly chose the current flag with its Confederate representation. And even though 64% of the state's voters chose to keep the flag in its current form, there are 36% who still want to discard the inflammatory imagery and are working to convince their fellow Mississippians to replace it with something more politically correct. This means there is a good chance that someday Mississippi may be getting yet another new state flag.