- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A group of Juneau residents are petitioning to have the Mississippi state flag removed from a display of flags lining one of the city’s main streets.

The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1JjBQnE) that the Mississippi flag, which includes a confederate battle flag in its upper left corner, hangs on Egan Drive downtown.

A petition with 188 signatures was sent to Friends of the Flags, a nonprofit group that maintains the string of state flags, asking that Mississippi’s flag be replaced with something that does not feature a confederate symbol.

Marc Wheeler, who helped spearhead the petition, says he wants no ill will toward Friends of the Flags, in fact he already purchased an alternate option: the Mississippi Magnolia flag, which was the state’s official flag from 1861 to 1865.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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