Biloxi lowers state and city flags

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Biloxi’s mayor has ordered the state flag and the city flag removed from all city facilities, the Sun Herald reports.

When Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich took office in May 2015, the state flag was taken down from City Hall. The flag, adopted by the Legislature in 1894, contains the Confederate battle emblem. State public universities and some municipalities have no longer fly the flag.

“He thought everyone at all city facilities had followed suit, but much to his surprise, they had not,” city spokesman Vincent Creel was quoted by the Sun Herald on Monday. “The mayor made it crystal clear today that he wants consistency.”

Some city buildings were flying the U.S. and state flags, the U.S. flag and the city flag, or all three, he said.

The change was being made at all city buildings on Monday, which is designated Confederate Memorial Day in Mississippi.