The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) has until Wednesday, July 15 to name the nine member Flag Commission tasked with redesigning the state flag, that was outlined in HB 1796. 

In the bill it instructs that three members would be appointed by the Speaker of the House, three by the Lt. Governor and three by the Governor. The Governor’s appointees will consist of a representative from the Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Arts Commission, and someone from the Board of Trustees of MDAH. The chair of the commission will be chosen by the majority vote of the members of the commission during their first meeting.

The sole 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, 2020.

According to the legislation this is the criteria that must be followed by the commission:

  1. Only unique flag design submissions that include the words “In God We Trust” will be considered by the nine-member commission. Flag descriptions will not be considered.
  2. The new flag design cannot include the Confederate battle flag.
  3. Flag design submissions must adhere to principles of the North American Vexillological Association:
    • Keep It Simple. The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
    • Use Meaningful Symbolism. The flag’s images, color, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
    • Use Two or Three Basic Colors.
    • Be Distinctive or Be Related.

You can submit a design for the flag by August 13, 2020 to Emma McRaney at [email protected] You can also mail a submission to: Redesign the Mississippi State Flag, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, P.O. Box 571, Jackson MS 39205

For more information email [email protected].