state flag (1861-1894)
official flag of Mississippi during the War for Southern Independence
(1861-1865) was a white flag with a magnolia tree in natural
colors. The canton was blue and had a single white star (reminiscent
of the Bonnie Blue flag). The fly was a thin red bar extending
vertically the length of the flag; sometimes it included red
fringe as well. The flag was so popular, it is the reason Mississippi
became known as the "Magnolia State." This remained as the state flag until 1894 when the present
flag was adopted.
state flag (1894 - present)
to the designers, the thirteen stars in the St. Andrew's cross
of the canton (the Confederate battle flag) represent the original
thirteen colonies that made up the United States at its inception.
The red, white and blue horizontal stripes represent the colors
of the U.S.A.