In a mix-up that probably upset at least a few people, a maintenance worker accidentally hoisted the Confederate flag atop the Mississippi State Supreme Court building on Friday.
“[P]eople responsible say it was because of a packaging error,” WJTV reports.
“It is unclear exactly what the situation was but apparently the person hanging it up did not notice a difference,” the report adds.
The Confederate battle flag flew for about two hours on Friday afternoon, according to several reports.
“Have we seceded already?” Joseph Parker, a professor of political science at the University of Southern Mississippi joked, according to ClarionLedger.com. “The execution is faster than I thought.”
Kim Wiggins with the State Department of Finance explained that the maintenance worker meant to replace the state flag, which was tattered, but ended up accidentally flying the Confederate flag because the boxes provided to them by their vendor were incorrectly labeled “Mississippi State Flag.”
“A maintenance worker put the flag up at 2 p.m., and it had been replaced by 4 p.m. after the mistake was realized,” she told local reporters.
“It’s unfortunate,” she added.
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