Tupelo City Council to address controversial Mississippi state flag

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, a state flag of Mississippi is unfurled by Sons of Confederate Veterans and other groups on the grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss.An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag is failing because sponsors didn't gather enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, a state flag of Mississippi is unfurled by Sons of Confederate Veterans and other groups on the grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss.An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag is failing because sponsors didn't gather enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The Tupelo City Council is expected to discuss Mississippi’s controversial state flag this week.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/2eRZTBY ) reports that council president Lynn Bryan plans to bring up a resolution before the City Council that will ask the Legislature for a new state flag. Mississippi’s current state flag features a Confederate emblem.

The council is also expected to discuss a proposal to prevent the current flag from being placed on a flag pole in front of a new police station. The $10 million station is slated to open soon and is located at a historically black neighborhood.

The issues are expected to be discussed during a review session on Monday and could be booted to a council work session scheduled for a later date.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

 

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