Local event recognizes initiative 58

Published: Aug. 20, 2016 at 7:09 PM CDT
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A big event took place Saturday at Garrett’s Sports Center in Meridian in favor of initiative 58. People attended the event which featured live Country music and the chance to sign a petition in favor of the initiative.

The State flag of 1894 amendment or initiative 58 may be on the ballot come November 6, 2018. The measure is designed to amend the Mississippi constitution to recognize the current state flag which was adopted by the legislature of 1894 as the official flag of Mississippi.

“We’ve got our booth setup for initiative 58 to keep our state flag and to put our state flag that’s been here since 1894 or to put an amendment to the constitution that says this is officially our flag,” said Britt Gully, local musician.

Other Mississippi residents are simultaneously working to add two similar measures to the 2018 ballet. Initiative 54 and 56. However, there is another side which is collecting signatures for initiative 55 which was designed to remove the confederate symbol from the flag.

“They’ve been doing this all over the state and we are getting a lot of signatures so we thought it would be cool to come out here and do it and play some music at the same time,” said Scott Mcquaig, musician.

In 2001, the Mississippi Economic Council led the unsuccessful Mississippi flag referendum to change the state flag. Nearly two-thirds of voters rejected a new flag design without confederate symbols and instead chose to keep the 1894 flag in use.