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Segredo, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Segredo (7,158 inhabitants in 2010; 24,774 ha) is located 250 km north-west of Porto Alegre. The municipality is composed of the districts of Segredo (seat), Bela Vista, Vila Tamanduá and Serrinha Velha.

Segredo [Secret] is named for the assassination of Abel Batista da Silva, a landowner married with Maria Francisco da Silva, who was killed in February 1881 by his employee Salvador Carvalho and a slave named Benjamin. The murderers threw the body down to the neighboring stream; days later, fishers recovered a body from the stream, which was not formally identified. The crime's mobile was never elucidated, maybe a romance between Maria Francisca and Salvador.

The district of Segredo was established within Sobradinho by Municipal Law No. 10 promulgated on 1 June 1956. The municipality of Segredo was established by Municipal Law No. 9,002 promulgated on 11 January 1990, separating from Sobradinho and Soledade.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 6 August 2020


A white flag with municipal coat of arms centred.
Dirk Schönberger, 16 April 2012

The flag of Segredo is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 28 promulgated on 20 April 1989.

Article 1.
The flag of the municipality of Segredo is characterized as follows.
- The flag is composed of the white color, in usual shade.
- The flag is charged in the center with a white vertical ellipse outlined in black featuring in the center the municipal coat of arms in full colors.
- The coat of arms features in the center can be embroidered or painted.
- The two sides of the flag should be exactly equivalent.
- The width of the ellipse is 1 cm.
- The official dimensions of the municipal flag shall be 2 m on 1.40 m.
Leis Municipais database

The coat of arms of Segredo is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 24 promulgated on 20 March 1989.

Article 1.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Segredo is characterized as follows.
A four-towered mural crown surmounting the shield as a universal symbol representing greatness, glory and splendor of the Segredo's people.
On the shield's sides crops of main significance: bean on the right, tobacco on the left.
Beneath the shield a white scroll inscribed with the municipality's name and date of political and administrative emancipation.
A handshake, a sign of human presence, representing the union of the communities in the struggle for emancipation. Also symbolizing peace, fraternity and hospitality.
A sun or representing the resources. Plowed soil representing most of the municipal territory, charged with a monument honoring smallholders and the Italian immigrants who were the first colonizers.
In the central part, stream Segredo [Secret], the municipality's namesake, referring to a crime committed in the neighborhood and the concealing of the body in the river's water.
Hills with rainforest and vegetation, in green, meaning life, hope and prosperity. Blue represents the infinte greatness of Segredo's people.
Leis Municipais database

The flag is used without the ellipse around the coat of arms.


Ivan Sache, 6 August 2020