Mississippi

The Magnolia State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Blue stripe

  • White stripe

  • Red stripe 

  • Confederate battle flag in canton

The Mississippi flag is argued to be the oldest state flag. It was adapted on February 7, 1894 but in 1906 was part of a wave of Confederate centered laws that was repealed. In 2000, the state realized that they had no official flag. They had been using it as the state flag, but it wasn’t officially the state flag. In 2001, the flag was reinstated the current state flag.

There is a lot of upset at the flag currently. In 2016 a new flag was proposed called the “Stennis flag”. In the last month, it has made big progress and popluar backing for legislature to make the change. 

Keep it simple: The flag of Mississippi is kept reletively simple. The fesses, three horizontal bars, is a strong flag design element. The Confederate battle flag used in the canton is simple, but I will always have issues when a flag is used in a flag.

Use meaningful symbolism: The three stripes that make up the field of the flag are representative of Southern nostalgia. The use of the Confederate battle flag shows the involvement of the state in the Confederacy.

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see three colors being used.

No lettering or seals: There is no lettering or seals.

Be distinctive or be related: This is a distict flag for majority, however, any flag that has another flag in it is bad choice. When a flag has to use another flag to symbolize something, it needs to take a step back and work on that. It is not distinct to use another flag and it is too related.

The Redesign

This redesign is the Stennis flag. Currently it is in the process to be the next Mississippi flag. It is an extremely well designed flag.

Keep it simple: This flag uses simple shapes and colors.

Use meaningful symbolism: The Stennis flag is full of symbolism. The big blue star on the white background is an inversion of the Bonnie Blue flag, the first of the state’s flags. The nineteen stars surounding it symbolise the being the nineteenth state in the Union. The red bars on the edges represent the blood spilt by Mississippians.

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see three colors being used.

No lettering or seals: There is no lettering or seals.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.