Georgia State Flag (2001 - 2003)
Georgia State Flag
(2001 - 2003)
The Georgia state flag adopted in 1956 has long been the subject of controversy. Calls to change it began in 1969, with opponents criticizing the symbolism expressed by the Confederate battle flag image that visually dominated the design. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, numerous bills to return to the pre-1956 flag were introduced in the General Assembly—but none were successful. In 2000, Atlanta architect Cecil Alexander designed a new state flag consisting of the seal of the state in “Dahlonega gold” surrounded by 13 white stars above a gold ribbon containing small images of the three state flags that had flown over Georgia, as well as the first and current versions of the U.S. national flag. Above the five small flags was the phrase “Georgia’s History.” On Jan. 24, 2001, the Georgia House approved H.B. 16, adopting Alexander’s flag design as the new Georgia state flag with an amendment to add “In God We Trust” beneath the ribbon of flags. H.B. 16 was transmitted to the Senate, where it passed without amendment on Jan. 30, 2001. On Jan. 31, Gov. Roy Barnes signed the bill into law.