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Mississippi governor to sign bill removing Confederate emblem from state flag

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A Mississippi state flag flies outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, June 25, 2020. Athletic coaches and their staffs from the state's public universities held a joint news conference and called for a change in the Mississippi state flag. Additionally several head coaches met with both the lieutenant governor and Speaker Philip Gunn, as well as their lawmakers, to lobby for the change. The current flag has in the canton portion of the banner the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is set to sign a bill Tuesday evening to remove the Confederate emblem from the official Mississippi state flag, the only remaining state flag to feature the Confederate insignia.

(CNN)Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is set to sign a bill Tuesday evening to remove the Confederate emblem from the official Mississippi state flag, the only remaining state flag to feature the Confederate insignia.

The Mississippi state Legislature in a historic move on Sunday passed a bill to retire the current flag and create a commission to design a new one to be voted on in the fall.

Reeves, who had previously signaled he would approve the measure, is scheduled to sign the bill removing the flag's official status at 6 p. m. ET on Tuesday, according to his office.

The flag, first adopted in 1894, has red, white and blue stripes with the Confederate battle emblem in the corner.

The flag of the Confederacy, its symbols and the statues commemorating Confederate leaders have long divided the country.

In recent weeks, the police killing of George Floyd has spurred the removal -- by protesters in some cases and city leaders in others -- of contentious statues and Confederate symbols that have upset some residents for decades, if not longer.

The bill tasks the established commission to develop a new flag design without the Confederate emblem that includes the phrase "In God, We Trust. " Mississippi voters will then vote on the new design in November.

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