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Council OKs Miss. Flag Removal

March 28, 2000

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ The Mississippi state flag, which contains the Confederate battle banner, will no longer be displayed in the City Council’s chambers.

The council voted 6-0 on Tuesday, with one abstention, to permanently remove the flag.

The flag disappeared from the meeting room in February and had not been replaced. Councilman Kenneth Stokes, who is black, acknowledged removing the flag, saying it is racist symbol and offensive to blacks.

A man opposed to removing the flag stormed out of the meeting.

``After you go through the Stars and Bars, the next thing will be the Stars and Stripes,″ H.O. Walker said.

Calls at the state level to change the flag have largely been ignored.

Rep. Keith Montgomery said while the City Council has the right to keep the flag out, the move is insulting to the state.

``This is the flag of the state of Mississippi. It should be displayed with the honor and reverence it deserves,″ the Republican said.

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