Maryland has one of the most unusual
flags of any state. It is quartered. The 1st and 4th
quarters consist of 6 vertical bars alternately gold and
black with a diagonal band on which the colors are reversed.
The 2nd and 3rd quarters are a quartered field of red and
white, charged with a
Greek cross, its arms terminating in
trefoils, with the coloring transported, red being on
the white ground and white on the red.
MOTTO: "Strong Deeds, Gentile Words"
ENTERED UNION: Apr. 28, 1788
FLAG ADOPTED: March 9, 1904
COMMENTS: The Maryland State Flag is the only
state flag based on
Maryland's flag is one of only four
U.S. state flags that does not contain the color blue (the
other three being Alabama, California, and New Mexico). The
black and gold design on the flag is the coat of arms from
George Calvert family line. Historians have long
recognized George Calvert as the founder of Maryland, in
spirit if not in fact.
- The Maryland State House in
Annapolis is the oldest state capitol still in continuous
use for meetings of the state legislature.
- The first successful passenger
balloon flight in the U.S. took place in Baltimore on
June 24, 1784. The only person onboard was 13-year-old
- In 1860 Baltimore had more free
African Americans than any other major U.S. city. The
Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company, founded
in 1869, was operated by African Americans. Today,
Prince George's Country is one of the wealthiest
predominantly black communities in the country.
- Annapolis, Maryland is home to
the United States Naval Academy founded on October 10,
- The first school in the United
States was opened in 1696 and named King Williams
- The Chesapeake Bay divides
Maryland into two sections the Eastern Shore and the