Accession Number: 2001.31.1 (Museum of Mississippi History Collection)

This rare twenty star flag from the collection of the Museum of Mississippi History was made in 1818. The twenty star pattern United States flag was created after Mississippi’s entry into the Union as the twentieth state today in 1817. This pattern flag was only made for one year because a star was added to the flag when Illinois became a state in 1818.

Artifacts in the collection of the Museum of Mississippi History are available for viewing by appointment only. Please contact Cindy Gardner, Director of Collections or Nan Prince, Asst. Director of Collections by email to schedule an appointment.

Don’t forget about the second annual Statehood Day Celebration, featuring former governor William F. Winter, at the Old Capitol Museum today! Program starts at noon, with reception to follow. See a large photo version of the twenty star flag at the program! Call 601-576-6920 for more information.