Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag
House Bill 1796 established the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag and instructed the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) to provide clerical support for the commission. According to the bill, the purpose of the commission 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.
Over the course of two months, the nine-member commission, led by former Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson, considered thousands of designs and took into consideration historical elements and good flag design principles.
The commission announced its recommendation of the “In God We Trust” flag on September 2. Mississippians voted to approve the flag design on November 3, 2020.
The first action of the state legislature during the 2021 session was passage of House Bill No. 1, which enacts the new design into law. On Monday, January 11, 2021, Governor Tate Reeves signed the bill ratifying the newly adopted state flag.
Commission Meeting Videos
The intellectual rights to the "In God We Trust" flag design have been cleared. The design is owned by the state of Mississippi and can be freely used by members of the public. There are no costs associated with using the design. The image is courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Download the flag design HERE in vector format (EPS/Illustrator). For web, Facebook, and Twitter use, right-click on the image below and choose "Save As" to download the image.
Download the state flag coloring sheet HERE.
Flag Commission News
The new state flag and other products featuring the design are for sale at Mississippi Museum Store at the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. For more information call 601-576-6921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Appointed by House Speaker Philip Gunn
Dr. Mary Graham
President of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Mayor of Oxford
Policy advisor for House Speaker Philip Gunn
Appointed by Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann
Judge Reuben Anderson
Former Supreme Court Justice and MDAH Board of Trustees President
Sherri Carr Bevis
Community Relations Liaison to the Singing River Health System and former teacher
J. Mack Varner
Appointed by Governor Tate Reeves
Tribal Chief Cyrus Ben
Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Mississippi Economic Council representative
Vice President, Property and Casualty for BXS Insurance in Mississippi
Mississippi Arts Commission representative
Real estate broker and appraiser
Mississippi Department of Archives and History representative