About the In God We Trust Flag
On November 3, you will have the opportunity to vote for Mississippi’s new flag. The “In God We Trust” flag is anchored in the center field by a clean and modern Magnolia blossom, a symbol long-used to represent our state and the hospitality of our citizens. The Magnolia also represents Mississippi’s sense of hope and rebirth, as the Magnolia often blooms more than once and has a long blooming season. The Magnolia is sleek and updated to represent the forward progression of Mississippi.
The circle of twenty stars represents Mississippi as the twentieth state of the United States of America and is anchored by the gold five-point star, which stands alone. This star represents our first peoples, the indigenous Native American tribes of the land that would become Mississippi.
The color blue in the main field of the flag echoes the blue of the American flag, representing vigilance, justice, perseverance, while the bands of red represent hardiness and valor. The gold lines and the gold stamen of the flag are a nod to the rich cultural history of Mississippi, specifically the visual arts, literature, music, and performing arts to originate in our state.
Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag
House Bill 1796 established the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) is providing clerical support for the commission. The sole purpose of the commission, according to the bill, is to develop, design, and report to the governor and the legislature its recommendation for the design of the new state flag no later than September 14, 2020. The commission announced its recommendation of the “In God We Trust” flag on September 2, 2020.