GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Greenville City Council has voted to remove the Mississippi state flag from all city properties and buildings.
The Delta Democrat-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1QnHSvu ) council member voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of removing the flag.
Mississippi law does not compel cities to fly the state flag, which may be displayed from all public buildings.
Council members voted after hearing from the Rev. Roosevelt Johnson. He says that by petitioning to remove the flag, his group wasn’t trying to infringe on anyone’s belief or opinion, but instead trying to eliminate a divide it created among black and white residents.
Voting against the removal of the state flag were council members Carolyn Weathers and Ann Hollowell. They said they believed it was a matter best left up to the state.
Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, http://www.ddtonline.com