Gulfport, Mississippi, City Flag

Dec 9th, 2017


Gulfport is the co-seat, along with Biloxi, of Harrison County, Mississippi. The city was founded by William H. Hardy, the president of Gulf and Ship Island Railroad. Gulfport is located in southern Mississippi and borders the Gulf of Mexico. The city was incorporated in 1898.


Sometime between 1977 and 1981, Mayor John H. Barnett held a city flag contest. Mr. Sneed was the winner, but no information on a prize or his first name is available. What is known is that Josephine Alfonso is the first person that made the flag. The flag is displayed, but was apparently never official adopted by city government

While not known, according to the North American Vexillological Association, the following meanings can be inferred from Alfonso’s design:


*     Airplane: That the city is connected to the world through the air

*     House: The city’s history as a city of homes

*     Sailboat: The tourist industry of the city

*     Ship: The city’s shipping industry


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Gulfport’s flag ranked 121st out of 150 flags. It most likely ranked low in the survey because it has a dark field and contains a center image could be mistaken for a city seal. The flag does not follow the rules of simple flag design.


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