Laurin Stennis
Click to hear flag designer Laurin Stennis explain in her own words the symbolism of the Mississippi Stennis flag.

What about other Mississippi flags?
Glad you asked.


Nineteen stars form a circle around a larger center star, which represents Mississippi as the 20th state to join the Union in 1817.

The circular shape symbolizes wholeness, unity, and continuity, and is drawn from artifacts of indigenous peoples to our region, particularly the Choctaw Nation.

The centering of the blue star on the field of white is an inverted “Bonnie Blue,” a reference to the state’s secession (1861-1865). While in no way a celebration of this dark moment in our state’s past, it is an acknowledgment of an event that made way for major cultural shifts and forever altered Mississippi’s destiny.

The white field on which the stars rest represents spirituality and possibility.

The red bars stand in opposition to one another recognizing the passionate differences we sometimes harbor; the red color represents the blood spilled by Mississippians – both civilian and military – who have honorably given their lives in pursuit of liberty and justice for all.


Mississippi Stennis Flag

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