Flag of Kentucky.svg
The Bluegrass State
UseCivil and state flag
AdoptedMarch 26, 1918 (standardized 1963)
DesignSeal of Kentucky on a field of azure
Designed byJesse Cox Burgess

The flag of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, United States, was adopted on March 26, 1918.


The flag was designed by Jesse Cox Burgess, an art teacher in Frankfort, the state capital. It was adopted by the Kentucky General Assembly on March 26, 1918.[1]


Flag of the State of Kentucky  as adopted in 1918, before its 1963 revision
Flag of the State of Kentucky as adopted in 1918, before its 1963 revision

The flag consists of the Commonwealth's seal on a navy blue field, surrounded by the words "Commonwealth of Kentucky" above and sprigs of goldenrod, the state flower, below.[2]

The seal depicts a pioneer and a statesman embracing. Popular belief claims that the buckskin-clad man on the left is Daniel Boone, who was largely responsible for the exploration of Kentucky, and the man in the suit on the right is Henry Clay, Kentucky's most famous statesman. However, the official explanation is that the men represent all frontiersmen and statesmen, rather than any specific persons.[3]

In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) surveyed its members on the designs of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. state, and U.S. territorial flags; Kentucky's flag was ranked 66th.[4]


In 2000, the General Assembly adopted the following pledge of allegiance to the flag of Kentucky:

I pledge allegiance to the Kentucky flag, and to the Sovereign State for which it stands, one Commonwealth, blessed with diversity, natural wealth, beauty, and grace from on High."[5]

See also


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York, New York: Somerset Publishers. 1987. ISBN 0-403-09981-1.
  2. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1996). The WPA Guide to Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. p. 49. ISBN 0813108659. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  3. ^ Bryant, Ron (2005-04-21). "The Kentucky State Seal". Kentucky Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2006-12-29. Retrieved 2007-01-16.
  4. ^ "2001 State/Provincial Flag Survey -" (PDF).
  5. ^ "2.035 Pledge of allegiance to state flag" (PDF). Legislative Research Commission. 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2007-03-08.