Georgia

flag of Georgia
The Peach State
Admitted January 2, 1788

Georgia holds a few flag records. Not only has it had the most flags (eight different iterations), its current flag is the most recently adopted of the entire nation’s.

The flag has created controversy for the state. The 1956 version featured the Confederate battle flag, adopted soon after Brown v. Board of Education ruled segregation unconstitutional.

The current flag, based on the first Confederate national flag (“Stars and Bars”) was officially adopted May 8, 2003.

The people of Georgia voted to keep this version of the flag in a referendum on March 2, 2004.

Composition

The Georgia flag is a horizontal triband of red and white.

It features a square canton of blue charged with the state’s coat of arms in gold, surrounded by a ring of thirteen white five-pointed stars.

Below the coat of arms, the words “In God We Trust” are inscribed.

flag of Georgia

Iconography

  • ring of stars

    13 stars

    the original thirteen colonies

  • three Greek-style columns

    pillars

    three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial

  • Colonial soldier holding a sword

    militia

    protecting the Constitution

  • “Widom, Justice, Moderatino” on a banner

    motto

    wisdom, justice, moderation

  • In God we trust

    motto

    a foundation for all above it

Coat of Arms

The original coat of arms featured the date 1799 (as seen to the right). In 1914, the date was changed to 1776 to reference the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

the Georgia coat of arms

Colors

The Georgia flag uses the same red, white, and blue as the U.S. national flag.


Georgia statute does not provide Cable or Pantone values for the gold of the flag.The hex value here is an approximation.
Blue
#002147
Cable No. 70075 Old Glory Blue
PMS 282c
Red
#bb133e
Cable No. 70180 Old Glory Red
PMS 193C
White
#ffffff
Cable No. 70001 White
Pantone White
Gold
#eed000

Construction

The Georgia flag can be produced with different proportions including 2:3, 3:5, or 5:8.

construction sheet for the flag of Georgia

Previous iterations

  • a field of blue charged with the coat of arms in gold

    Pre–1879

    The flag supplied to militia units bearing the coat of arms.

  • a horizontal triband of red and white and a hoist-side vertical stripe of blue

    1879–1902

    Introduced by Herman H. Perry, Georgia state senator. Based on the first Confederate national flag.

  • 1902–1906

    Upon the blue field, the coat of arms must be “stamped, painted or embroidered.”

  • 1906–1920

    A white shield is added along with a red banner with the word “Georgia.”

  • 1920–1956

    The coat of arms is replaced with the state seal in white and blue.

  • 1956–2001

    Designed by John Sammons Bell, the red and white bars are replaced with the Confederate battle flag.

  • a field of blue charged with the state seal and a banner containing five different flags (previous Georgia flags and U.S. national flags)

    2001–2003

    Designed by architect Cecil Alexander and championed by Governor Roy Barnes, a very unpopular “compromise” version.

  • current Georgia flag

    2003–Present

    The current Georgia state flag.

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