April Marks Confederate Heritage Month In Mississippi
The state's governor signed a proclamation declaring April Confederate Heritage Month without including the word "slavery" anywhere.By Katie Link | April 3, 2016
It's Confederate Heritage Month in Mississippi — a time the state's governor says is meant to "reflect upon our nation's past." It's a tradition that several other states across the South celebrate, too.
But this year, the annual tradition landed Mississippi's governor in some hot water. Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation in February declaring April "Confederate Heritage Month" and April 25 "Confederate Memorial Day."
That proclamation was issued on a pro-Confederate website and later posted on his website. Critics were quick to point out that the governor failed to mention the cause of the Civil War — slavery — anywhere in his proclamation.