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image located by Valentin Poposki, 21 July 2006
The Flag of Birmingham was created on the occasion of Birmingham's
semicentennial in 1921. It was officially adopted as the city's flag after some
minor additions on August 18, 1925. The flag was conceived and designed by Idyl
King Sorsby, with the assistance of the Birmingham Jaycees, who created the
prototypical flag, constructed in silk, and presented it to the city. The city,
along with the Jaycees, presented a copy of the flag to the City of Birmingham,
England, and received theirs in return in 1926."
"The interpretation of the flag's design is explained by Bertha Bendell Norton in her book Birmingham's First Magic Century: Were You There?:
The white symbolizes the purity of Birmingham's women. The red typifies the valor of Birmingham's men. The gold hints at the mineral wealth of the Birmingham District, and also represents the "high standard of purpose and character" of our citizens. The large red star represents the marvel of the young city. The Seal of Birmingham, inscribed with the date of founding, 1871, occupies a gold-colored "hub" in the center of the star. The hub signifies that Birmingham is considered the industrial, financial and literary hub of the South. The star is circumscribed by a circle of 67 small golden stars, representing Alabama's 67 counties enjoying Birmingham's glory. A radiance of alternating long and short rays outside the circle of stars depict Birmingham's fame and prosperity, and suggests that "all roads lead to Birmingham"."
Valentin Poposki, 21 July 2006