Mississippi will remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag

Mississippi lawmakers have decided to replace the state flag with a flag without the Confederate emblem. Republican Governor Tate Reeves said earlier that he would sign the law if approved by lawmakers.

On Sunday, the bill was approved in both houses of the Mississippi: in the House of Representatives by a margin of 91-23, and then in the Senate by a majority of 37-14.

Mississippi is the last state in the United States to retain this South emblem on its flag. The Confederate sign is now seen as a racist symbol, and recent protests over the death of George Floyd have sparked controversy over its use.

The flag was originally used by the slave states that lost the American Civil War (1861-65).