The state flag was
adopted in 1894. The bars of red, white, and blue are the national
colors. A replica of the Confederate battle flag occupies the
upper left portion. The state seal, adopted in 1817, bears a
modified version of the arms of the United States. The eagle holds
an olive branch and arrows, symbolizing the desire for peace but
the ability to wage war.
Mississippi is a state that is going through a period of great
change. Part of the Deep South of the United States, it was once a
land of farmers and quiet towns. It is becoming a state of office
workers and busy cities. Since the 1930's, the people of
Mississippi have worked to build a modern economy based on
industry as well as agriculture.