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This Day in Georgia History

December 17, 1902

State Flag Amended

Legislation was approved to amend Georgia first state flag (adopted in 1879) was changed to provide that the “coat of arms of the State” be shown on the vertical blue band. By 1904, and without legislative authorization, the simple arch had been replaced by a color coat of arms placed on a white-and-gold shield. And, without statutory authorization, by the 1920s the coat of arms and shield had been replaced with Georgia’s state seal–which is what commonly is referred to as the pre-1956 state flag.

Image of State Flag Amended View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government