JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is getting support and backlash over the mayor’s decision to stop flying the state flag because it includes the Confederate battle emblem.
Local news outlets report people packed the Biloxi City Council meeting Tuesday night to discuss the flag.
Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich ordered the banner removed from display at city buildings in April, saying he wants tourists to feel welcome.
State law does not require local governments to fly the flag. Several cities and counties, and all eight public universities, have furled it – part of the broad debate about the public display of Confederate symbols in the South.
Biloxi councilman Robert Deming III proposes an ordinance requiring the flag to fly at city buildings. The council could consider it later this month.
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