A proclamation from Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declaring April as “Confederate Heritage Month”, is one that has appeared online in previous years, and similar to ones issued by previous administrations, a spokesman said.
Bryant’s proclamation appears on the website for the Mississippi division of the Sons of the Confederacy, but not on the governor’s official proclamation page, as reported by the Jackson Free Press Wednesday. The governor’s site allows users the ability to request proclamations.
The governor’s chief of communications, Clay Chandler, pointed out that previous governors Haley Barbour and Ronnie Musgrove issued similar proclamations:
“Like his predecessors — both Republican and Democrat — who issued similar proclamations, Gov. Bryant believes Mississippi’s history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be,” Chandler said. “Like the proclamation says, gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward.”