Tallahassee, Florida, City Flag

Dec 31st, 2017

 

Tallahassee and has been the capital of Florida since 1824 when it established for that purpose. It is the seat of Leon County and is located in the mid-northern region of the state. At the time that it was chosen as the capital, it was an abandoned Apalachee settlement. The location cut down on travel time for members of Florida government to meet and conduct business.

 

In 1916, the city engineer, Miller Walston, and Florence Phillips urged the city commission to hold a contest for a city flag design. The contest was held and the winning entry was submitted by a Florida State College for Women art teacher, Miss Abernathy.

 

The only thing known about the meanings attached to the flag design is that the capitol dome represents Tallahassee’s status as the capital of Florida. The flag design is basically a replica of the Florida state flag, but it has different colors and contains an image of the city seal in the center.

 

In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Tallahassee’s flag ranked 65th 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.

 

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