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Change the State Flag: Oxford City Council Takes Down the Flag, Sends State a Request to Change It

OXFORD, Miss.–Change our state flag, is the request from the Oxford city council after a unanimous vote Tuesday night to remove the flag from city buildings. In the city of Faulkner, the fictional Jefferson, Miss., of Yoknapatawpha County, where the ghosts of the Civil War have hung around like old friends, the Mississippi flag will no longer fly over public buildings, for now.

That is, until a change is made. Oxford took a step further than most Mississippi cities that have voted to change the flag. The drafted a resolution to go to the state legislature, asking state lawmakers to change it.

Meanwhile, just a few miles to the east in Tupelo, the city council heard from people who want the flag changed and from people who believe it should stay as is.

The Tupelo council may decide to remove the flag once they get an opinion from Atty. Gen. Jim Hood on whether or not it is legal for a city board to remove it from public buildings, as city boards have already done in several Mississippi cities.

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