The symbol long associated with racism has flown over the state since 1894.
Jason Shelton wants his residents to wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The state House and Senate voted to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state's flag — the last in the country to include the hate symbol.
The state's Republican governor has said he would approve a measure to remove the racist symbol.
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The five-time Grammy winner and Magnolia State native called the flag "a direct symbol of terror" for the Black community.
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Lynn Fitch, a Republican, joined calls to change the flag, which features a Confederate battle emblem.
Harry Sanders' remarks followed him voting against removing a Confederate monument from outside a Lowndes County courthouse.
A bill intended to have a chilling effect threatens seven years in prison for protesters and up to $100,000 in fines for groups supporting them.