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This Day in Georgia History

January 30, 1956

Flag Change Proposed

State senators Willis Harden of Commerce, Jefferson Lee Davis of Cartersville, W.K. Posnell of Waycross, James McBride of Leesburg, B.M. Jones of Dallas, and N.C. Coffin of Cuthbert introduced S.B. 98, a bill to replace the red and white bars of Georgia’s state flag with the Confederate battle flag. The bill was assigned to the Committee on Defense and Veteran Affairs. Credit for the flag design goes to John Sammons Bell, then an Atlanta attorney and chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party (and later a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals).