City buildings still without state flags in Hub City

City buildings still without state flags in Hub City

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi's state flag continues to remain off the flag poles on Hattiesburg city buildings and parks, according to Mayor Johnny DuPree's spokeswoman, Chinika Hughes.

Hughes said there are discussions being held on when or if the flags will be replaced, which she said were taken down last month in memory of the victims of the Charleston church shooting. She said Hattiesburg City Hall had not flown the state flag in several years.

Former Hattiesburg City Councilman Scott Farris addressed the council in Monday's Citizens' Forum, saying he would like to see the flags flown again. Farris said a more appropriate way to express condolences would have been for the city to fly the flags, including the state flag, at half-mast.

The controversy surrounding the state flag, which includes the Confederate battle emblem, was reignited after South Carolina leaders called for the Confederate flag to be removed from statehouse grounds there after the murder of black church members by a man who posed with the Confederate flag.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said there would not be a special session called to address the state's flag.