JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators have taken historic votes to remove a Confederate battle emblem from their state flag.
Spectators in the Capitol cheered and applauded after the votes Sunday. It's the last state flag with the Confederate symbol that many people condemn as racist.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill. The change comes amid widespread protests over racial injustice. Mississippi has a 38% Black population.
A commission will design a new flag that cannot include the Confederate symbol but must have the words “In God We Trust.”
Voters will be asked to approve the new design in the Nov. 3 election.