Lawmakers in Mississippi have begun drafting legislation to remove the Confederate emblem from their state flag, according to Mississippi Today.
Mississippi, the last state to showcase the Civil War-era symbol on its flag, began drafting the legislation behind closed doors after a crowd of about 3,000 protesters flooded the state capitol.
Protesters chanted “change the flag,” according to a report from Mississippi Today.
Protests and riots in Mississippi and around the country have sprung up following the death of George Floyd, who has become a figure for perceived racial inequality since he died in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for roughly nine minutes.
If legislators are successful, the Stennis flag, designed by Mississippi artist Laurin Stennis, could become the new Mississippi state flag.
A Twitter page exists to advocate for this change.
Lawmakers tried but failed to remove the current state flag in 2001 after a majority of people in the state voted in a referendum to keep it, according to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger.
Demonstrators across the nation have been targeting historic monuments in major cities, particularly Confederate monuments.
Rioters tore down a Confederate statue over the weekend in Virginia, and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to remove a controversial statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond.
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