JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Since 1861, the state of Mississippi's flag has included a Confederate symbol.
Now, a new flag is gaining popularity among people in the metro area.
The Stennis flag, named after local artist and designer Laurin Stennis, has been seen as an alternative to today's banner.
Local realtor and attorney John Lewis has his Stennis Flag in front of his business on State Street. He also feels the state flag is overdue for a change.
"It's time for our state to change our flag," said Lewis. "It's an option I think we can look at. It represents our past as well as our future, and that's what we need to focus on, is our future. It's something all our people can unify around I think. That's a good thing for everybody in Mississippi to come together around a common flag. It's time to look forward to the future."
Lewis and several people in the Belhaven area have displayed their Stennis flags in front of their places for a while now.
People have been buying this specific flag and all the former Mississippi flags from the shop 'A Complete Flag Source'.
Brenda McIntyre has been selling several different Mississippi flags for as long as she's worked at the store.
"We've had a lot of people coming in buying the Stennis flag, and we've also been lucky to help people with their designs that they've come up with, said McIntyre. "They've come up with flag ideas to have a new flag that the state of Mississippi may have for the future, and one of those is the Laurin Stennis flag."
When looking over the flags website, it states the meaning behind the different pieces of the flag: The flag is supposed to symbolize wholeness and continuity.
The red bars stand in opposition, recognizing the passionate differences we sometimes harbor, as well as in honor of those who have given their lives in pursuit of liberty and justice for all.