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DeKalb and Fulton Counties

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[flag of Atlanta] 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.


Atlanta's flag centers the city seal in gold outline on a blue field. On a field of 2 by 3 units, the seal's diameter is roughly 1.5 units. The city seal features a phoenix, with eight rays ringing its head, rising from flames. Above the phoenix is RESURGENS. Around the lower edge is 1847 ATLANTA, GA. 1865. The two dates, although appearing below the wings of the phoenix, are oriented clockwise to read in the direction of 'RESURGENE'; the city's name and state abbreviation run counterclockwise. The seal is edged with a solid line, within which is a double beaded line; the phoenix's wings extend slightly beyond the outermost line. All letters are in an outline font.
Richard Monahan, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003


The phoenix refers to the rising of the city from the ashes of its destruction in the Civil War. An official pamphlet explains:
Just as the phoenix, fabled bird of myth and story, rose from its ashes to begin a new life, the people of Atlanta returned to the ashes of their city without bitterness or self-pity, and began the gigantic task which lay before them. Their seal is an enduring symbol of the courage, vision and selflessness they brought to that task - reminders of a gallant past, of the civic spirit which will make tomorrow the full realization of today's hopes and plans.
In Latin, Resurgens means 'Rising again'.
Richard Monahan, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003


Officially adopted by ordinance of the city council (date unknown).
Richard Monahan, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003


Information unavailable.
Richard Monahan, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

More about the Flag

Atlanta adopted its charter and seal in 1847. In 1865, rebuilding of the city began after the devastation of the Civil War. The ordinance of adoption also mentions a city pennant and a city ensign, but it is uncertain if these have ever been used.
Richard Monahan, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

While there is a civic flag, I have never seen or run across documentation of the city ensign or the city pennant. Maybe the flag is meant to be at least the flag and ensign; however, it is not in the shape of a pennant. Apparently, the pennant (and ensign) were never adopted. Secondly, many may ask about Atlanta being landlocked. While the city is landlocked, the Chattahoochee River flows through and by the city so an ensign is not totally out of the question.

The flag ordinance of the City of Atlanta

Chapter 52. Flags and Seal of the City

52-101. (826) City flags.--There shall be three flags of the City of Atlanta: A civic flag, a city ensign and a pennant. The colors of each shall be yellow and blue, of the hues and tints shown on the patterns herein required to be kept of file. The form, device and arrangement of colors of each shall be as shown upon the patterns hereby adopted and directed to be placed and kept of file in the office of the Clerk of Council, exact copies of which, appropriately marked, shall be displayed in public in the City Hall.

52-102. (825) Corporate seal of the city.--The corporate seal of the City of Atlanta shall be a round seal, made of silver, 2-1/4 inches in diameter. The device thereon shall consist of an engraving of a phoenix rising from its ashes and the inscription, "Resurgens 1847-1865;" the word meaning "rising again," the first date marking the year the city's first charter was granted and the second date signifying the year of the beginning of the city's rehabilitation after its destruction by the Federal armies in 1864. The seal shall remain in the office of the Clerk of Council and shall not be affixed to any instrument except by order of the Mayor.
Paige Herring, 30 August 1998

I am not entirely sure if this is the case, but it seems that the story of Atlanta's flag dates to May 1896, when the sanitary committee spent a month and decided that yellow and blue would be the best colors for a city flag. On March 28, 1902, the first physical copy of the flag of Atlanta arrived in the city. I would like to note that Atlanta's fire department was also mentioned as having a flag in red and gold.
Source: The Atlanta Journal issue of May 5, 1896 and The Atlanta Constitution issue of March 29, 1902.
Daniel Renterķa, 17 December 2023



[City Seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 5 July 2019

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Paul Bassinson, 5 July 2019

Neighborhood Flags

Adair Park

[Adair Park neighborhood (Atlanta) flag] image located by Valentin Poposki, 3 June 2011

"Adair Park was established by George W. Adair in 1892. Its initial development served the middle class of that era. In more recent times the neighborhood has experienced some trying times, but within the last few years an influx of urban pioneers has Adair Park undergoing a positive transformation. Individuals come seeking first time home ownership, while others are choosing to move back into the city for a number of other reasons. Adair Park offers the convenience of two beautiful and large parks with basketball & tennis courts, baseball fields, and playgrounds. In 2001, Adair Park was placed on the National Historic Registry, which has helped to maintain the characteristics that originally were found in its early years. Adair Park is located just south of Downtown Atlanta with a development area of almost 310 acres. The northern section of Adair Park was developed for industrial use, and The Metropolitan Lofts now consists of small businesses, lofts and a growing artist community. There is also increasing discussions for development opportunities because of the many conveniences of Adair Park's location." - from:

And a very interesting flag, with a stained glass Art Nouveau style showing a silhouette of a house and trees in shades of blue, green and buff: (image only at
Valentin Poposki, 3 June 2011

Berkeley Park

[Berkeley Park neighborhood (Atlanta) flag] image located by Valentin Poposki, 23 December 2007

Berkeley Park is located in northwest Atlanta, GA, just west of Midtown and below the southern boundary of Buckhead.

The flag was designed in 2005 by Patrick Brady of Berkeley Park. The geese are a common sight in Berkeley Park as we often see and hear them flying overhead to and from their home at the City Water Reservoir. They are a symbol of the unity of our neighbors and the strength and voice we have as a group within the City of Atlanta. The flag can be seen here:
Valentin Poposki, 23 December 2007


[flag of Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods] image located by Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2021 Buckhead is an sub-city entity within the City of Atlanta. It has its own flag since at least 2014.

Waving flag
Valentin Poposki, 16 December 2021


[flag of Westview] image located by David Zigler, 22 May 2023

The flag is made of a golden field with fancy blue corner borders. In the center is a stylized leaf branch with dark blue branches and outline, with light blue leaves. Surrounding the leaf branch are several groups of small dots. Under the leaf branch is the neighborhood name and establishment year, separated by a thin blue line with crossed leaves in the middle of the line.

The digitalized flag (its file named as a flag):
The image above is derived from the digitalized drawing from the neighborhood organization's website.
David Zigler, 22 May 2023

1996 Olympic Games Flag

[1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta) flag] image by Zachary Harden, 17 January 2001

"The base of the torch mark logo, made of the five Rings and the number 100, resembles a classical Greek column and recognizes the centennial of the Games. The torch mark's flames gradually evolve into a perfect star symbolizing each athlete's pursuit of excellence. The gold colour in this logo represents gold medals. The green represents laurel branches worn by winners in ancient times, as well as Atlanta's reputation as the City of Trees."
Esteban Rivera, 7 February 2016

1996 Olympic Games candidate flag

[1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta) candidate flag] image by Randy Young, 7 February 2016

An Ebay offer ( - no longer available) showed a hand flag with the design: Five capital letters A, styled in a way that is reminiscent of people, and coloured in the colours of the Olympic Rings, form a circle with almost touching "hands", with black at the top, then continuing around the clock with red, green, yellow, and blue, below this the word "Atlanta" in blue, and below that "1996" in blue but spaced to be as wide as the name, and at the bottom the Olympic Rings, rather small, all on a white field. The reverse of the flag shows the reverse of the design.

If the current rules or bid flags were already valid then this would have to be a candidate flag, as it uses the Olympic Rings.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 7 February 2016