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
MOTTO: Esse quam videri (Translates to "To Be
Rather than to Seem")
ENTERED UNION: Nov. 21, 1789
FLAG ADOPTED: June 22, 1861, (Revised March
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.
State Flag, North
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.