There has been a recent effort to remove the Confederate emblem from the Mississippi flag. So far, the petition to do so has lacked enough signatures to get it on the 2018 ballot. The petition began is 2015 after several blacks were killed at a church in Charleston. The flag, which has flown with the Confederate emblem since 1894, is what some think of as a reference to slavery and segregation. Some places have stopped flying the state flag.