Mississippi Flag missing from track and field championships

The Mississippi flag hangs, with the other state flags, in the subway between the U.S. Capitol and Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. In the wake of a massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., a bipartisan mix of officials across the country is calling for the removal of Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy. Leaders of the Republican-controlled state of Mississippi are divided on whether to alter the state's flag, a corner of which is made up of the Confederate battle flag. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Only 49 state flags are being displayed at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene this week.

Mississippi’s state flag, which features a Confederate banner in one corner, is not on display at the tournament that concludes Sunday.

The Oregonian newspaper reports (http://is.gd/tN7hA1 ) TrackTown USA president was not available to comment on the flag earlier this weekend.

The omission comes at a time when continued display of the Confederate flag in South Carolina and on a portion of Mississippi’s state flag is being widely debated across the nation.

Mississippi has the only state flag that includes the Confederate symbol. The design has been used since 1894, and was affirmed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin of voters in a 2001 statewide election.

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