Atlanta, Georgia, City Flag

Jan 7th, 2018


Atlanta is the Capital of Georgia and the seat of Fulton County. It is located in northeast Georgia in the Appalachian Mountain foothills. It is interesting to note that the city lies on the Eastern Continental Divide.


The city of Atlanta was founded in 1837 at the location where two railroad lines intersected and it became a transport hub. The town was named Terminus, then renamed to Thrasherville. It was renamed again in 1842 to Marthasville. In 1847, the city was incorporated under the name Atlanta.


Although the city council adopted an official flag, the exact date and the designer of the flag is unknown. The meanings assigned to the city seal, featured in the center of the city flag, are as follows:


*     Phoenix: The Phoenix, in Greek mythology, is a bird that obtains new life by rising from the ashes of its predecessor. This references Atlanta being burned down by the union during the civil war but rejuvenating and rebuilding.

*     Seal (in its entirety): Courage and vision, and a reminder of a civic and gallant past history and the city’s perseverance in rebuilding and realizing its dreams


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Atlanta’s flag ranked 96th out of 150 flags. Almost all flags that contain a solid field and a city seal or coat of arms ranked quite low in the survey. In addition, the flag does not follow the Vexillologist rules of simple flag design. According to Atlanta City Flag, the seal is complicated, and placing a city seal on the city flag makes the seal unrecognizable at a distance.


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