The protesters were waving Confederate flags and Mississippi state flags outside of the museum.
The Mississippi state flag is the only state flag in the U.S. that bears a Confederate flag in its design and is at the center of an ongoing statewide debate centered on the desire of some to change the state flag because of its Confederate roots.
The Delta Flaggers were present at the museum, waving the flags as a protest of state organizations that refuse to fly the flag.
According to the Clarion Ledger, the unnamed officer approached the group of Delta Flaggers outside the state’s new civil rights museum on Saturday.
State Rep. Kathy Sykes, (D) confirmed the report of the officer’s firing with the Clarion Ledger on Tuesday, and said that waving Confederate flags around the museum — which she said African-Americans hold in high regard — is “almost like desecration.”