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General background about the Tennessee Flag

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Tennessee's state flag is a simple bold design that consists of three white 5-pointed stars in a blue circle outlined in white. The circle is centered on a field of crimson with a verticle strip of blue on the fly.

  • MOTTO: "Agriculture and Commerce"
  • ENTERED UNION: June 1, 1796
  • FLAG ADOPTED: April 17, 1905
  • COMMENTS: LeRoy Reeves, a soldier from the Third Regiment of the Tennessee Infantry, designed the flag in the late 1890's.


According to the flag's designer LeRoy Reeves, "The three stars in the flag represent the three grand divisions of the state". These divisions are East Tennessee, which is best known for the Great Smoky Mountains, Middle Tennessee, which is home to the Tennessee River and is known as 'Bluegrass Country', and West Tennessee, which lies between the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers and is cotton country. "They are bound together by the endless circle of the blue field. The symbol being three bound together in one-an indissoluble trinity. The large field is crimson. The final blue bar relieves the sameness of the crimson field and prevents the flag from showing too much crimson when hanging limp. The white edgings contrast more strongly the other colors."


Tennessee Flag
State Flag, Tennessee




  • Many of the lakes in Tennessee are reservoirs created by dams built to control floods and to power turbines that generate electricity.
  • Tennessee shares Great Smoky Mountains National Park with North Carolina. Located within a half-days drive of nearly half the people in the United States, it is the most visited national park in the country.
  • Graceland, Elvis Presley's mansion in Memphis, is the most visited house in the United States after the White House.
  • The state earned its nickname as a result of the remarkable bravery shown by volunteer soldiers from Tennessee at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.
  • The National Civil Rights Museum is in Memphis's Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
  • Tennessee boasts over 3,800 caves.


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