Mississippi, the only state with a symbol of Congress in its flag, is offering a new flag design on license plates.

An image of the Battle of the Congress flag, also known as the Cross Cross, has long been the flag of the state. Mississippi is the only one of the United States with a flag containing the Congress symbol.

However, Gov. Phil Bryant bill last week approving a new design for a license plate containing a refurbished state flag by artist Laurin Stennis.

The Stennis design, carried out in 2014, marked the end of the Congress symbol. Instead, there are 19 stars in a circle around a large star star and a red stripe on both sides.

The star in the center stands for Mississippi as the 20th state that joined the Union in 1817, Stennis said. The circle of stars is unity and continuity and respects the spiral circle and images of the art of indigenous people, which the artist added.

"The circle is very powerful as there is no beginning and there is no end," Stennis said. "Our current flag feels very sticky in time. The new flag allows us to look back on history and look forward to it."

The specialty license plates will be available starting on 1 July.

The proceeds will benefit historical museums

The specialty plates cost $ 33 in addition to the regular tag fee and will be available starting July 1st. Mississippi residents are now able to pre-order them.

Proceeds from the license plates will go to the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

"These museums have made a great job for being the stewards of the Mississippi story, the mole and all," Stennis said. "It is a beautiful story, but it is also a very scary and dark story."

The debate on the banner

The state of the Mississippi was adopted by the legislature in 1894.

Amongst the Mississippi flag is the Congress badge – a blue cross with 13 stars over a red background – from 1894. State flag critics say it is racist, while others believe it is a vital part of the state's history.

The last time the state considered the flag was changing in 2001. However, 65% of voters then chose to keep the flag with the Congress symbol instead of switching to 20 white stars on a blue park to reflect Mississippi status. as the 20th state.

Some public cities and universities, including the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, have resigned from the state's controversial banner to fly.

Stennis, who was born and raised in Mississippi, said she thought she could not set up the official flag of the state because of her Congress images.

"I am happy and proud of my state, and I would like to be able to tell our story more fully," she said.

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