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General background about the North Carolina Flag

North Carolina Flag     North Carolina Great Seal


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North Carolina's state flag consists of a blue union (left side-bar), centered with a white star and the letter "N" in gilt on the left and the letter "C" in gilt on the right. of said star, the circle containing the same to be one-third the width of the union. Above the star there is a gilt scroll in semi-circular form, containing the inscription "May 20th, 1775," and below the star is a similar scroll with the inscription: "April 12th, 1776". The remaining portion of the flag contains two equally proportioned horizontal bars; the upper is red and the lower is white.

  • MOTTO: Esse quam videri (Translates to "To Be Rather than to Seem")
  • ENTERED UNION: Nov. 21, 1789
  • FLAG ADOPTED: June 22, 1861,  (Revised March 1885)
  • COMMENTS: The first state flag design (a blue field with a white V thereon, and a star, encircling which shall be the words, "Sirgit astrum, May 20, 1775") was never used.


The two dates displayed on the flag reflect the dates of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (May 20, 1775) and of the Halifax Resolves (April 12, 1776), documents that place North Carolina at the forefront of the American independence movement. Both dates also appear on the Great Seal of North Carolina.


North Carolina Flag
State Flag, North Carolina


North Carolina Flag Original
Original State Flag, 1861


  • On December 17, 1903 the Wright brothers made the first successful human-powered flight at Kill devil Hill near Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks.
  • North Carolina has the nation's largest state-maintained highway system, with more than 77,000 miles of roadway (2011 est.).
  • Edward Teach, also known as the notorious pirate Blackbeard, used Ocracoke Island, part of the Outer Banks, as a hideout. The place off Cape Fear where he was killed is known as Teach's Hole.
  • More than 1,250,000 bricks were used to build the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
  • The first Pepsi was created and served in New Bern, North Carolina in 1898.
  • The first English child born in America, Virginia Dare, was born in Roanoke, North Carolina, in 1587. Her parents were Eleanor and Ananias Dare, and she was named after the Virginia Colony.


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