WASHINGTON (WTVA) - The now former Mississippi state flag was removed from the tunnel in the Senate subway Tuesday evening.
The removal comes after Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill to change the Mississippi flag, which included the confederate battle emblem.
Senator Wicker oversaw the removal and placement of a temporary flag, showing the Mississippi state seal.
“This is a historic and long-awaited day for Mississippi. I appreciate our state legislators for having the courage and conviction to make this necessary change to our state flag. As I have maintained since 2015, Mississippians deserve a banner that unites us rather than divides us. I hope the process outlined in the law will produce a new design for the state flag that can make us all proud," said Senator Wicker in a statement released.
He first called for a change to the flag in 2015.