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Greensboro, North Carolina (U.S.)

Guilford County

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[flag of Greensboro, North Carolina] 2:3 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.



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Text and image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) from American City Flags by permission of David B. Martucci.

Design

The field of Greensboro’s flag is, not surprisingly, dark green. In the center of the field is a depiction, in yellow with dark green shadings, of Major General Nathanael Greene on horseback, in three-quarter profile, facing toward the fly. The horse, at rest, stands on a yellow base with 1808 on it in dark green. Surrounding the entire figure is an open wreath of dark green oak leaves detailed in yellow. The wreath is about 1.125 units in diameter on a field of 2 by 3 units. Centered horizontally across the top of the field is CITY OF GREENSBORO, centered across the bottom is NORTH CAROLINA, all in large yellow letters.
John M Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Symbolism

Major General Nathanael Greene, for whom the city was named, was George Washington’s second in command and a Revolutionary War hero. It is said that when he led his troops into the Battle of Guilford Court House (a decisive battle on March 15, 1781, that took place in what is today northwest Greensboro), the flag at the head of his troops was green. The oak leaf wreath symbolizes sturdiness and durability. The date, 1808, is the year of the city’s incorporation.
John M Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Selection

The Rotary Club of Greensboro initiated the idea of a city flag and solicited designs from the public. A. Earl Weatherly chaired the committee from the club that selected the favorite.
Flag adopted: 5 April 1965 (official).
John M Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Designer

Charles L. Hodgin, a member of the planning department at city hall.
John M Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

More about the Flag

The Rotary Club had the first flags made, and presented one to the city on the date of its adoption.
John M Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003