JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill Tuesday evening to retire the last state flag in the U.S. that includes the Confederate battle emblem.
His office announced a signing ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion, two days after a broad coalition of legislators passed the landmark measure to change the flag.
As soon as the Republican governor signed the bill, the flag will lost its official status.
Mississippi has come under increasing pressure to change its flag since protests against racial injustice have focused attention on Confederate symbols.