A 20-Star American Flag commemorating Mississippi statehood, circa 1818
Hand-sewn, single appliqued cotton stars arranged in 4 rows of 5, the rows of stars tilting in opposite directions, wool bunting canton, hand-sewn wool bunting stripes,
canvas hoist with two whip-sewn grommets to ends, mounted and framed.
36 in. x 60 in. (sight)
Literature: Kevin Keim & Peter Keim, A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through its Flags (2007), 64 & 65.Note: Mississippi was admitted to the Union as a slave state, December 10, 1817, under President James Monroe. This would invoke the "delicate balance" the practice of admitting a "Free" state for every "Slave" state in an effort to preserve year with the admittance of Illinois, December 3, 1818.The passage of the Third Flag Act in 1818 changed the Flag from 15 to 20 stars and from 15 stripes back to 13 stripes.