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Pearl mayor to take down controversial billboard

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PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Pearl's mayor announced that he has contacted the company that placed a controversial billboard along Hwy 80 in Rankin County and they have agreed to take it down sometime early next week.

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The billboard has President Elect Donald Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" over a picture of the "Bloody Sunday" conflict on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

The billboard is being paid for by the super PAC "For Freedoms". Their website claims the group uses art to inspire deeper political engagement.   

Mayor Brad Rogers originally said that the city could not control images that are displayed on billboards throughout the city. He said the billboard company, Lamar, is a private company who regulates what shows on their billboards. He said yesterday that as long as the images are not vulgar there is nothing the city can do.

Friday, Mayor Rogers spoke with Marty Elrod, the general manager of Lamar advertising and he agreed to take it down.

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