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Louisville Metro, Kentucky (U.S.)

Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government

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[flag of Louisville Metro, Kentucky] image by Paul W. Newton, 7 May 2004

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Description of the flag

Louisville and Jefferson County merged into a metro government in January 2003. This is the document enacting their seal and flag.
Paul W. Newton, 7 May 2004

A blue flag, with the seal centered - a large gold fleur-de-lis, two gold stars, the date 1778 in blue, LOUISVILLE JEFFERSON COUNTY in gold, and METRO in white on a blue background all written around the rim.

Variant in blue and gold

[variant flag of Louisville, Kentucky] image by Clayton Horner, 21 October 2016

I picked this flag up some time ago on eBay. It is 4 foot x 6 foot in size, and I do not know why it is different from the one shown above.
Clayton Horner, 21 October 2016

Former flags of Louisville - before merge

[flag of Louisville, Kentucky before Metro merge] 3:5 image(s) by permission of David B. Martucci
image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright.

DESIGN: Louisville’s flag is described by the ordinance of adoption:

The following described flag is hereby adopted as the official flag of the City. A flag which shall have thirteen silver stars and three gold fleurs-de-lis placed upon a field of blue. The stars shall be arranged in a circle in the first quarter after the manner of the thirteen stars of the American flag as adopted by Congress, June 14, 1777. Two gold fleurs-de-lis shall be placed in the second quarter and one gold fleur-de-lis shall be placed in the fourth quarter so that the three form a triangle with the point at the bottom and the base at the top. The form of the fleurs-de-lis shall be the same as the ‘Middle Ages’ fleurs-delis form shown in the eleventh edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 10, page 499. The blue of the flag shall be the same shade of blue as is in the field of the American flag.

SYMBOLISM: The circle of stars honors the thirteen original colonies, and of course, is only one of the arrangements of stars found in early United States flags and was not actually specified by the Continental Congress in 1777. Later generations, however, have come to favor this form for 18th-century United States flags, and so it is more frequently used. The fleurs-de-lis, according to the city, show the “continuing good will between our people and the people of France”. The city was named for Louis XVI, the king of France at the time of the city’s founding in 1778, to commemorate the help the French were giving to the colonists in their struggle for independence.

SELECTED: Reportedly by a committee.
Adopted: 1927-1934 (official)

DESIGNER: The designer’s name is lost, but there is some indication that a committee designed the flag, so that no single person was credited.

MORE ABOUT THE FLAG: The flag is widely seen in the city. Its adoption date is variously cited as 1927 and 1934, although it may have been designed earlier, if the reference in the ordinance to the Encyclopedia Britannica’s eleventh edition (published in 1910-1911) is any indication.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

[flag of Louisville, Kentucky before Metro merge] image located by Aleksandar Nemet, 27 August 2009

I found here another flag of Louisville, KY:
Aleksandar Nemet, 27 August 2009

This is the flag of the period right before consolidating.
Valentin Poposki, 27 August 2009


[Municipal logo] image located by Paul Bassinson, 13 August 2019

Paul Bassinson, 13 August 2019