Georgia officials are making changes to the state flag, which has been at the center of controversy following the death of Trayvon Martin.
The state flag features a white flag with a white field on it and an eagle on it, and a black flag with an eagle and a blue field on the bottom.
Georgia has been fighting to keep the design that features Martin’s image.
The Georgia Board of Elections on Tuesday voted 3-2 to change the design of the flag to include a black eagle, the first time the state has changed the flag’s design since Martin’s death.
The board’s vote came after a protest by civil rights leaders and lawmakers in support of Martin.
“It’s an issue of justice for Trayvon, and for our state,” said Republican State Rep. Brian Stebbins, one of the three lawmakers who voted to change Georgia’s flag.
“I’m a Democrat, but I’m also a family man.
I’m a dad.
And I’m trying to do the right thing.”
Martin’s mother, Tracy Martin, was among those who attended the protest.
She said she was there because she is concerned the flag is too close to the Confederate battle flag, a symbol of the Ku Klux Klan.
Georgia, a conservative state, voted for former President Barack Obama in 2012.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the flag should be changed to a more racially neutral version, but the state’s Republican governor, Nathan Deal, has said he wants to keep it the way it is.
Deal, who ran in 2016 against Democrat Jon Ossoff, was the first Georgia governor to endorse Trump and has sought to build support for the president at rallies across the state.
Democrats and civil rights advocates have pushed for changes to Georgia’s state flag in recent years.
A 2015 bill that would have allowed the state to keep its Confederate flag was defeated.