Flag of Richmond, Virginia

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City of Richmond
UseOther Small vexillological symbol or pictogram in black and white showing the different uses of the flag
Adopted1993; 29 years ago (1993)

The flag of Richmond, Virginia, was adopted in 1993. The flag contains a navy blue field in the upper two-thirds quadrant with two red and two white stripes beneath in the lower third of the flag. It features a silhouette of a person working a James River bateau down the James River. The boatman is a graphical depiction of a 14-foot tall bronze statue called "The Headman" that stands on Brown's Island and commemorates the African American contribution to Richmond's waterways.[1] The nine stars on the flag represent the nine states that were once part of Virginia's territory: Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana.[2]

A city committee headed by Second District Councilman Benjamin A. Warthen brought forth the design, which was based on a proposal submitted by Michael Davis, a committee member and graphics designer at Heilig-Meyers Co. The new Richmond flag was carried by bateau to the dedication ceremony on Brown's Island on November 24, 1993.[3]


In a 2004 survey by the North American Vexillological Association, Richmond's city flag was ranked as the 15th best city flag in the U.S.[4]

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  1. ^ "Richmond's Riverfront Public Art & Statues". Venture Richmond. Retrieved January 10, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Unfurling the history of the Richmond flag". RVANews. RVANews.org. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Wasson, Bill (November 25, 1993). "City's Official Flag Unfurled - Design Has Man Poling Bateau". Richmond Times-Dispatch. p. C-1.
  4. ^ "2004 American City Flags Survey". North American Vexillological Association. NAVA.org. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2013.

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