The Mississippi Stennis Flag is in the news… a LOT!

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Why Mississippi Needs a New State Flag
The Daily Memphian

February 14, 2019

Does Tennessee have the best flag of any state in the country?

That’s an easy one: yes.

With its three white stars encompassed in a blue circle against a field of red, the flag beautifully expresses the unity in our state’s diversity: West, Middle, East. As a state, we are three and, at our best, we are one.

Does Mississippi have the worst flag of any state in the country?

Another easy one, unfortunately. Because it’s another yes.

It’s hard to imagine any of the candidates for governor of Mississippi… [read more]

‘Stennis Flag’ Gets Attention

January 23, 2019

Efforts to change the Mississippi state flag have received attention from The Washington Post, which did a profile of Laurin Stennis, who came up with a proposed redesign.
Stennis gets more attention than other flag-change proponents because she is the granddaughter of legendary Mississippi Sen. John Stennis, whom the Post unfairly describes as “a legendary champion of… [read more…]

A New Mississippi Flag Has a Surprising Champion
The Washington Post
January 21, 2019 

Things are slow to change in this Old South bastion. The brass bird cage of an elevator in the Mississippi State Capitol that Laurin Stennis used to ride as a 6-year-old coming to see her daddy was still operated by hand when she stepped into it one day in early January, a 46-year-old coming to shake things up. Or at least nudge things along.

“Ground floor, please, sir,” she said to the operator.

But some things have changed. The lawmaker who greeted Stennis… [read more…]

Behind the Lines: Vexillology
Huffington Post
October 1, 2018

Why Does Mississippi’s Flag Still Have A Confederate Symbol?

Flags are used to instill pride and hope, but for many people, the Mississippi flag represents oppression and terror. [watch now]

Laurin Stennis and the Stennis Flag
Reality Breached
September 19, 2018

Laurin Stennis is at the center of a groundswell of support to change the MS State Flag. Why, you ask? It’s because she has designed the proposed replacement. Robert and Sergio sat down with her in her art studio, and after fighting with technical difficulties (hence the sound quality), we talked about… [read more]

New Flag Gaining Popularity
April 30, 2018

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – Since 1861, the state of Mississippi’s flag has included a Confederate symbol.

Now, a new flag is gaining popularity among people in the metro area.

The Stennis flag, named after local artist and designer Laurin Stennis, has been seen as an alternative to today’s banner.

Local realtor and attorney John… [read more]

JXNSTANDS: A Living Mississippi Monument
Mississippi Museum of Art

February 15, 2018

Visual artist Talamieka Brice executed her vision for a living Mississippi monument as part of JXNSTANDS, a project of the Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) at the Mississippi Museum of Art and OurGlass Media Group. JXNSTANDS is presented in conversation with Birmingham Stands. More info at

A collaboration with artist and designer Laurin Stennis, makeup artist Monet Jackson, and model Laurie Walker-Hall… ..  [watch now]

Why a famous senator’s granddaughter abandoned the magnolia flag and made her own
Sun Herald

January 22, 2018

Laurin Stennis reaches up to the top shelf next to her desk for a decades-old memento from her late grandfather’s career.

“Look ahead,” says the inscription on the sign he kept on his desk. It’s her answer to people who say Sen. John Stennis would be rolling in his grave if he knew what his granddaughter was up to: Trying to convince the Mississippi Legislature to… [read more]

This should be Mississippi’s state flag. And with enough support, it could be. 
Magnolia State Live

January 15, 2018

When Laurin Stennis moved back to Mississippi after 16 years away, she felt the repatriate’s urge to display her home state pride.

Naturally, she says, she wanted to include the state flag.

“But I couldn’t,” she says. “I wouldn’t. Not as it is. And frankly, Ii thought: This is ridiculous… [read more]

‘Mississippi Made:’ Artists answer Stennis’ call to take on state flag
Mississippi Today

December 20, 2017

Laurin Stennis didn’t set out to design a new flag for the state of Mississippi any more than she set out to be a block print artist. But, when events present themselves in her life, Stennis knows how to listen, and she’s always willing to take a path untraveled to see where it may lead.

And, though she prefers not to be in the spotlight, she’s… [read more]

Flag Flap Over Mississippi
The Southern Documentary Project

October 25, 2017

Does Mississippi’s state flag, adopted in 1894 and the last in the United States to incorporate Confederate imagery into its design, represent hospitality or hostility? To some it depicts history and heritage; to others it stands for a history of hate and injustice.

The discourse over the flag… [watch now]

Stennis salutes state with Southern-fried art
Mississippi Today

February 4, 2017

Laurin Stennis loves Mississippi. It’s in her blood.

After all, she is the granddaughter of the late Sen. John C. Stennis, whom she loving called “PawPaw.” After living out of state for 20 years, she returned in late August 2013 when the health of her father, John Hampton Stennis, was failing.

“He passed away in September of that year, and I wasn’t sure… [read more]

Former senator’s granddaughter designs new state flag

February 22, 2016

Stennis Granddaughter Offers New Flag Option
Clarion Ledger

February 21, 2016

I have seen it. More importantly, I have felt it, with my hands and my heart.

I wish it would become our new state flag.

That it was designed by Jackson artist Laurin Stennis — the 42-year-old granddaughter of the late John C. Stennis, who served Mississippi… [read more]

State flag divides lawmakers
Hattiesburg American

February 16, 2016

JACKSON – In Mississippi, the last state to display the Confederate battle emblem on its flag, some lawmakers want the divisive symbol removed, others want to punish public institutions that refuse to fly the banner and a state House leader suggests having two separate but equal flags: one with the rebel cross and one without.

Old South symbols have come under widespread scrutiny… [read more]

Heritage and Hate

September 25, 2015

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Mississippi flag: A symbol of hate or reconciliation?
Jackson Free Press

September 9, 2015

By the time an aging Jefferson Davis moved into a borrowed cottage on the Beauvoir plantation near Biloxi with a gorgeous view of the Gulf of Mexico, his own life had mirrored the rise, fall and disappointment of the Confederacy. In a storied life, the Kentucky native had helped lead two nations, including one against the other; had owned hundreds of slaves before being forced to let them go; and had been indicted… [read more]

Laurin Stennis
Let’s Talk Jackon

July 12, 2015

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Patrick O’Connor Documentary Films

Kal Penn interviewing Laurin Stennis for VICE NEWS.
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