The state of Mississippi is getting a new flag. Elijah Moore’s infamous Egg Bowl dog pee celebration could be forever commemorated as the Magnolia State’s banner.
Mississippi State All-SEC running back Kylin Hill set change into motion earlier this summer when he said he would not play as long as the Confederate battle emblem adorned the state of Mississippi’s flag. The state’s football coaches then took action by lobbying for change at the capitol. Shortly after the highly publicized event lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate symbol and replace it with the phrase “In God We Trust.”
The state received more than 2,000 submissions for the new flag’s design. A nine-person commission will narrow the choices down to 25. The field will shrink to five, followed by a period for open public comments, eventually resulting in one finalist selected by Sept. 2. The state’s voters will then vote “yea” or “nay” on Election Day.
Since it’s a public process, all of the submissions are available online for public consumption. After scrolling through The Mississippi Department of Archives and History, it’s plain to see that Elijah Moore’s celebration should be the leader in the clubhouse. Few things affected change more than the penalty Moore received that caused Ole Miss to ultimately lose the 2019 Egg Bowl. There were a few other flags that piqued my interest.
This flag just means more.
Ole Miss cannot be the only school represented on the state flag. On one side Elijah Moore is pictured, followed by Mike Leach’s Jolly Rodger on the other side.
If “In God We Trust” must be included on the flag, who better to say it than smiling Jesus?
If J.K. Rowling could start writing Harry Potter on the back of a napkin, then Mississippi’s stat flag can be drawn on a piece of toilet paper.
You can scroll through all 2,000 submissions to the Flag Commission right here.