WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) – Mississippi’s state flag and other items bearing the Confederate battle emblem have been removed from the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives. This move comes after U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson filed a resolution last year requesting to remove the image from House-controlled spaces in the U.S. Capitol.
“I am pleased that the Architect of the Capitol will no longer display symbols of hatred and bigotry in the esteemed halls of the United States House of Representatives,” Congressman Thompson wrote on his Facebook page. “As I said last summer, this is the People’s House and we should ensure that we, as an institution, refuse to condone symbols that seek to divide us.”
The flags had been displayed on the wall in the tunnel that runs between a House office building and the Capitol. Congressman Candice Miller said all of the items removed will eventually be replaced with prints of each state’s commemorative coin.