The Board of Directors of the Mississippi Historical Society met today and released the following statement:
The Mississippi Historical Society enthusiastically and unequivocally supports changing the state flag. Our position comes of out acknowledgement that the inclusion of Confederate imagery on the flag in 1894 did not represent all Mississippians. The persistent use of Confederate imagery to signify opposition to civil rights and racial equality throughout the twentieth century further underscores our position, as does the continued association of this symbol with various acts of terror and violence that have accompanied some of our nation’s most recent racial injustices. We support retiring the current flag as a historical artifact and selecting a new flag that will unify, not divide.
Marshall Bennett, Jackson, President
Stephanie R. Rolph, Jackson, Vice President
William "Brother" Rogers, Brandon, Secretary-Treasurer
Charles Westmoreland, Cleveland, Immediate Past President
The Mississippi Historical Society was first organized in Jackson on November 9, 1858. In 1902 the society played a central role in establishing the Department of Archives and History, and the two organizations worked together to produce several publications. Learn more about the Mississippi Historical Society at http://www.mississippihistory.org/.