Mobile, Alabama, City Flag

Mar 23rd, 2018


Mobile is the seat of Mobile County. It is located at the head of Mobile River and the Gulf Coast between New Orleans, Louisiana, and St. Petersburg, Florida. Mobile became a part of the United States in 1813, was incorporated as a town in 1814, and as a city in 1819.


The city of Mobile adopted an official flag in December 1968. The flag was designed by Commissioner Lambert C. Mims and was approved by the board of city commissioners at a conference meeting. The flag has a white field with a horizontal red stripe across the top of the field, and a horizontal blue stripe across the bottom of the flag. The center of the flag features the city seal.


The meanings assigned to the city seal include the following:


*     Flags: The six nations that have governed mobile: France 1702-1763; Great Britain 1763-1780, Spain 1780-1813, the United States 1813-1861; Confederate States of America 1861-1865; and the United States 1865 to present

*     Buildings and Mill: Area industries

*     Cotton Bale: The crop that helped early Mobile prosper and grow

*     Sea Gull and Ship: Symbolizes Mobile’s status as a major seaport


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Miami’s flag ranked 76th out of 150 flags. Most city’s that feature the city seal or coat of arms on their flags rated quite low in the survey. Read the top five Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.


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