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Mississippi Governor Names April 'Confederate Heritage Month

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"Mississippi's history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be."

The Mississippi State flag, containing the Confederate flag, flies alongside the American flag outside the Mississippi Capitol. (Image source: WAPT-TV)

JACKSON, Miss. (TheBlaze/AP) -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, but without mentioning slavery.

His proclamation was posted to the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans website but not to the governor's site. He signed it days before legislators killed bills that would have either removed the Confederate battle emblem from the 122-year-old state flag or stripped state money from colleges and local governments that refuse to fly the current banner.

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