LOUISVILLE, Miss.–Two Mississippi cities decided to leave the state flag where it is when they met Tuesday, despite decisions by other cities to have it removed from all city buildings. However, there may be action coming in the future.
Louisville’s city council took no action on a petition that was brought to them at Tuesday’s meeting, asking that the flag be taken down from all city property and from the memorial erected earlier this year to the victims of the April 28, 2014, tornado.
One citizen at the meeting suggested that the flag may be driving the community apart, even after they came together following last year’s storms.
Mayor Will Hill cited a state statute that says cities will fly the state flag, but said he does not have a stance on the state flag issue.
For now, the flag is still there.
In Gautier, the city board voted unanimously to keep the flag as is, despite people speaking against it at the meeting and in a protest outside.
The board also voted to support the removal of the state flag by the Mississippi legislature.