Feb 22, 2016
Desire to change the state flag has spread from lawmakers to artists, as several bills circulate in the legislature to replace the current flag and its Confederate symbol. A new design by the granddaughter of former U.S. Senator John C. Stennis has the backing of one Jackson lawmaker.
Artist Laurin Stennis, 43, of Jackson created the flag two years ago to replace the current state flag. She chose 19 stars encircling a larger center star representing the 20th state in the union, and an inverted Bonnie Blue flag bordered by red.
The Jackson native wants the new version to help the state move forward.
"(My grandfather) did evolve, and he did change, and my father was evolved even further than that," said Stennis. Her father, John Hampton Stennis, served in the state legislature. "A way that my family's narrative, my artistic talent, and my love of my state could come together to produce an image that would be more fitting and something that would be more welcoming to all. Everybody would have a thread in the image."
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