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The Liberian Flag
The Liberian Flag


The Liberian National Flag (ensign), made by 7 distinguished Liberian women, headed by Suzana Lewis, was adopted July 26, 1847 and generally, it symbolizes the sovereignty of the Republic.

The Liberian flag is the only flag in the world to be modeled after and resemble the American flag. This is so, because Liberia was the only nation in the world that was founded, colonized, established, and controlled by freed African-American and ex-Caribbean slaves.

They were settlers from the United States and the Caribbean islands with the help and support from the American Colonization Society, a private organization establishment that sent freed American and ex-Caribbean slaves as settlers from the United States and the Caribbean islands.

When the freed American slaves arrived in Liberia on January 7, 1822, they identified themselves as Americo-Liberians, intended to separate themselves from the native Liberians and other settlers.

The Americo-Liberians (off springs and bloodline origins of black Americans) came from the United States and they were not the only ethnic group that came to Liberia.

There were other ethnic groups that came along with the Americo-Liberians. They were Native Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, African-Europeans, and white Americans.

The flag is seen on many ships around the world as Liberia offers registration under its flag. Shipping companies do this to avoid taxes and restrictions that other countries enforce.

The Liberian Flag is considered the second most popular flag of convenience (after Panama). It is estimated that 1,700 foreign-owned ships fly the Liberian flag. This brings in much of the country's revenue.


The 11 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; a white five-pointed star appears on a blue square in the upper hoist-side corner.

The 11 stripes symbolize the signatories of the Liberian Declaration of Independence; the blue square represents the African mainland, and the star represents the freedom granted the ex-slaves.

According to the constitution, the blue color signifies liberty, justice, and fidelity; the white color purity, cleanliness, and guilelessness; the red color steadfastness, valor, and fervor; and  the blue color signifies liberty, justice, and fidelity.


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