By The Associated Press
JACKSON – Mississippi could soon have a holiday honoring the new South along with the old.
The state House voted Thursday to designate the final Monday of each April as Civil Rights Memorial Day. That’s the same day that’s been marked for decades as Confederate Memorial Day.
The Confederate designation would remain, so state employees would have a day off to commemorate two very different periods in history.
This would not be the first split-personality holiday in Mississippi.
The state already marks the third Monday of January to celebrate the birthdays of both the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
The bill moves to the Senate for more work.