Mississippi State Flag, With Confederate Emblem, Removed From UAF Display
University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers ordered the Mississippi state flag removed from a campus display this morning, citing a growing controversy over the flag’s inclusion of the Confederate battle emblem.
U.S. state flags are displayed at Cornerstone Plaza on UAF’s lower campus, forming a ring around a circular patch of grass. Only 49 flagpoles remain now, with an empty spot where flag No. 20 — the Mississippi flag — stood until this morning.
“In light of the national debate on the use of the Confederate battle flag in public institutions, the chancellor made the decision to remove the Mississippi flag from the Circle of Flags in Cornerstone Plaza,” UAF spokeswoman Marmian Grimes said.