Mississippi’s Emblem of the Confederacy Will Fly No More

Governing: The name sewn onto his gray Capitol Facilities shirt identified him only as “Ron.” His job on an overcast afternoon in 2013 was to raise the state flag over the Mississippi capitol when the Legislature was in session, a task he had performed a hundred times before.

If he is still a member of the facilities team, Ron won’t be raising the flag again anytime soon. A bill to replace Mississippi’s controversial flag passed with overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate over the weekend. Gov. Tate Reeves, at one time ambivalent about making a change, has indicated that he will sign the bill.

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