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and it as it represented a form of racism; it was repealed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.
State Flag, Georgia
- 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
- 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 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