Flag of Birmingham, Alabama

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

City of Birmingham
Flag of Birmingham, Alabama.svg
AdoptedAugust 18, 1925
DesignA vertical triband of red (hoist-side and fly-side) and white, with a design[a] featuring a prominent red star centered on the white band. The three bands are in the proportions 4:7:4.
Designed byMrs. Idyl King Sorsby

The flag of Birmingham was designed by Mrs. Idyl King Sorsby for the occasion of the semicentennial of the city of Birmingham, Alabama in 1921.[citation needed] After some minor additions,[which?] it was officially adopted as the city's flag on August 18, 1925.

In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association conducted a survey of 450 members and visitors to its website to identify the best- and worst-designed city flags in the United States. Birmingham's flag ranked 39th out of 150 with a mean rating of 4.97 on a scale of 0 to 10.[2]

alt:The official seal of Birmingham, Alabama. This is circular and contains a line drawing of the Roman god Vulcan standing on a pedestal, seen from behind overlooking the skyline of the city of Birmingham as it looked before 1962, when the Bank for Savings Building (now known as Two North Twentieth) was constructed. An airplane is depicted crossing from left to right (west to east, towards the airport). On the far right, smokestacks can be seen, in the approximate location of the Sloss Furnaces. Below the skyline, nine lines converge at the center of the circle. Around the circumference are the words "Official Seal" (top, flanked by five-pointed stars) and "Birmingham, Alabama" (bottom).


  1. ^ The defacement on the white band is a large red five-pointed star, in whose center is the Seal of the City of Birmingham in black on top of a gold seven-toothed gear (cogwheel), encircled by 67 small gold stars. The circle of small stars is itself surrounded by 67 short lines, alternating between two lengths, pointing outwards from the centre to form another circle.[1]
  1. ^ Purcell, John M.; Croft, James A.; Monahan, Rich (2003). Kaye, Edward B.; Martucci, David B. (eds.). "Birmingham, Alabama" (PDF). Raven: A Journal of VexillologyAmerican City Flags: 150 Flags from Akron to Yonkers, Part 1: United States — Cities, A-B. Trenton, New Jersey: North American Vexillological Association. 9/10: 38–9. doi:10.5840/raven2002/20039/1017. ISBN 978-0974772806. ISSN 1071-0043. OCLC 828097555. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Gideon, Richard R. (2004). "2004 American City Flags Survey". nava.org. North American Vexillological Association. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2018.