Montgomery, Alabama - City Flag History

Dec 16th, 2016

Montgomery, Alabama founded in 1819, the same year that Alabama was admitted to the Union. It was chosen as the capital of the state in 1846. The city was also the capital of the Confederate States of America before the capital was moved to Richmond Virginia. In 1861, the first Confederate Congress met in the city to conduct its official business.


The city of Montgomery also has the distinction of becoming the center for the civil rights. It was in this city that Rosa Parks challenged the system by refusing to relinquish her bus seat to a white person in 1955. Her action marked the beginning of the civil rights movement.


Montgomery embraced the above historical moments when designing its official city flag and its city seal.


Montgomery Flag


The left side of the flag is gray and the right side is red. The two colors are separated by a diagonal strip containing 11 stars. The center of the flag features crossed olive branches with juxtaposed red and gray within the circle. The stars are said to represent the 11 Confederate states.


Montgomery Seal


The city seal features the words “City of Montgomery, AL – Great Seal” in the outer ring, “Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement” on the inner ring, and “Cradle of the Confederacy” in the center of a star. The outer ring is gold, the inner ring white, and the star is gray.


In 2015, given the push to erase all Confederate history, the City Council authorized the creation of an Ad Hock Committee to redesign the flag and the seal. The committee is expected to seek input from residents and others to decide what, if any, changes should be made.


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association conducted The American City Flag Survey. Montgomery’s flag ranked 45 out of 150 flags.


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