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General background about the Georgia Flag

Georgia Flag     Georgia Great Seal


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Georgia's current state flag (declared official in 2004)  has combined elements of Georgia's previous state flags. The current flag bears three stripes consisting of red-white-red, and a blue canton containing a ring of 13 white stars encompassing the state's coat of arms in gold.

  • MOTTO: "Wisdom, Justice, Moderation"
  • ENTERED UNION: Jan. 2, 1788
  • FLAG ADOPTED:  May 8, 2003 and declared official by popular vote on March 2, 2004
  • COMMENTS: Previous to state flags, Georgia had a series of "secession flags" due to its conflict with Washington D.C. policy. After the Civil War, when Georgia was readmitted to the United States, they've developed 1 unofficial flag and 7 'official' flags over the years. Ironically the current design is very similar to four of the other previous official designs. Hopefully they've made up their mind and this beautiful flag will continue to fly above the state capitol building for many years to come.


The original state flag (unofficial)  was used previous to 1879 to memorialize Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. It consisted of a blue background with a centrally located state seal (see photos below). In 1879 the first official state flag was adopted, it was a simple red, white, and blue pattern. In 1902 the state seal was added to the simple design. In 1906 the state seal was on the flag was revised (unofficially) and the word Georgia was added with a ribbon below the seal.

In 1920 the Coat-of-Arms replaced the Great Seal and the word Georgia (with it's ribbon) was removed. In 1956 the red & white stripes were replaced by a controversial Confederate battle flag image. Later it was decided that the Confederate battle flag design had to go and it as it represented a form of racism; it was repealed as the state flag in 2001.

In 2002 a new design featured combined elements of Georgia's previous flags, creating a composition that was inspired by the Confederate First National flag, the Stars and Bars, rather than the Confederate Battle Flag. It wasn't well received and it was decided to allow voters to choose between this flag and a design more similar to previous designs (red & white stripes with the state seal image). In 2004 the voters overwhelmingly chose the striped design and it became the official state flag on March 2, 2004.


Georgia Flag
State Flag, Georgia


Georgia Flag Before 1879 (unofficial)
Pre 1879
Georgia Flag 18791902
Georgia Flag 19021906
Georgia Flag 19061920
Georgia Flag 19201956
Georgia Flag 19562001
Georgia Flag 20012003
Georgia Flag


  • Coca-Cola was invented in 1886 in Atlanta by Dr. John Pemberton and was first sold at the soda fountain in a local pharmacy. First-year sales averaged nine drinks a day, for a year-end earning of $50.
  • The first gold rush in the United States took place in 1828 at Dahlonega.
  • Martin Luther King Jr., charismatic African-American civil rights leader and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born in Atlanta in 1929.
  • In 1912, Juliette Gordon, founded the Girl Scouts in Savannah.
  • The carvings of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis on Stone Mountain near Atlanta make up the world's largest high relief sculpture.
  • Delta Airlines started as a company that dusted crops for boll weevils and later developed into one of the country's leading commercial airlines.


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