Beauvior administrator helping lead push for initiative to keep Confederate emblem on state flag

Gulfport resident Kitsaa Jon Stevens, an employee at Beauvior, the last home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, is the sponsor of Initiative 54, which would keep the current flag design by writing it into the Mississippi state constitution.

Supporters say the wording of the initiative by the Mississippi Attorney General’s office could be confusing. It refers to the state flag as the “current” flag. Supporters want it described as the “1894 flag.”

Stewart told the Associated Press Wednesday he is concerned the state legislature might vote to change the flag before the initiative could come to a vote — which could be as much as three years away — and thus the term “current” flag would no longer be a valid description of the flag in use today.