Laurin Stennis, designer of alternative Mississippi flag

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Mississippi drivers can now opt to not have Confederate symbol on license plates

April 17, 2019 - 7:33 pm

JACKSON, Miss. (KFTK) — Starting July 1, Mississippi residents will be able to get license plates without the state flag's Confederate battle emblem on it, if they so choose.

According to Fox News, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Tuesday to allow the state to sell variations of license plates such as a one featuring an iteration of the Mississippi flag without the Confederate emblem, as proposed by artist Laurin Stennis, of Jackson.

Mississippi lawmakers have not made a move to change the state flag altogether, though some have pushed to support the adoption of the "Stennis Flag."

Mississippi is the last state in the nation with a flag portraying Confederate symbols. 

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