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Winston-Salem, North Carolina (U.S.)

Forsyth County

Last modified: 2011-12-16 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of Winston-Salem, North Carolina] image located by Valentin Poposki, 10 November 2008



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Description of the flag

City of Winston-Salem Flag Description
Adopted: March 19, 1962
Description: The ratio of length to width shall be 4:3. The emblem, which is the dominant element in the design, shall have a diameter equal to 6/10 of the flag’s width and shall be centered on the horizontal and vertical axes of the flag. The flag will comprise the same colors as the North Carolina State flag, plus golden brown for tobacco leaves, and green for trees. The flag will show the official emblem of the City of Winston-Salem on a field of dark blue. The coloring of the emblem will be as follows:

  • Tobacco leaves (on top half of circle) – golden brown
  • Top scroll (with words “Winston-Salem”) – antique gilt with dark blue lettering
  • Bottom scroll (with words “Urbs Condita Adiuvando”) – antique gilt with dark blue lettering
  • Half circle ringing top side of bottom scroll – white
  • Central circle (and behind top scroll with “Winston-Salem” and behind tobacco leaves) – dark red
  • Arc at bottom (with letter “N.C.” and star) – dark blue with white letters and star
  • Scroll above arc (with date 1913, the date towns of Winston and Salem merged) – white with dark blue numbers
  • Full circle around central emblem – white
  • Ground circle surrounding book – dark blue
  • Stripes at bottom of book (with dates “1849” and “1766”, dates the town of Winston and town of Salem were established, respectively) – white with dark blue numbers
  • Buildings shown in book – dark red with dark blue roofs
  • Trees behind church – dark green
  • Sky - white"
This is the official city flag description that I got from the City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, city clerk.
Valentin Poposki, 15 November 2008

Winstion-Salem, North Carolina, has a very interesting and unusual history which is reflected in its name. Winston was established by British settlers, whereas Salem was founded by adherents of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrem). This was and is a Pietistic church with a strong commitment to behaving with common decency and courtesy. Despite being in the South, the Moravians were always noted for their social and theological progressivism and were all the more respected for it by their neighbors. The Moravians established Salem College, which still exists, and which was and is was one of the few women's colleges in the Southern United States which took its educational responsibilities very seriously and which has always been one of the top educational institutions in the Southern United States.
Winston-Salem was also noted for its central role in the bright-leaf tobacco industry, and was the home of such tobacco giants as the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; both Winston and Salem cigarettes reflect the name of the city. Also, Winston-Salem has long been a major center of the furniture industry in the United States as well.
Ron Lahav, 15 November 2008

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