Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
History of Our Maryland Flag
The black and gold design on the flag is the coat of arms from the Calvert line. It was granted to George Calvert as a reward for his storming a fortification during a battle. The red and white design is the coat of arms of the Crossland line, the family of Lord Baltimore's mother, and features a cross bottony with the red and white sides of the cross alternating. Since George Calvert's mother was an heiress, he was entitled to use both coats of arms in his banner. It is one of only four U.S. state flags that does not contain the color blue (the other three being Alabama, California, and New Mexico).
Unofficial state flag of Maryland used by secessionists/Confederates during American Civil War
The Maryland colony was founded by Cecilius Calvert, second baron and Lord Baltimore, (1605-1675), which was granted to him as George's son and heir by King Charles I, hence the use of his family's coat of arms in the flag. At first, only the gold and black Calvert arms were associated with Maryland, being reintroduced in 1854. The red and white colored arms of the
After the war, Marylanders who had fought on either side of the conflict returned to their state in need of reconciliation. The present design, which incorporates both of the coats of arms used by George Calvert, began appearing. At first, the Crossland coat of arms was put in the upper-left corner, but this was supposedly swapped with the Union's Calvert arms because of the Union victory.
The flag in its present form was first flown on October 11, 1880, in Baltimore, at a parade marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of Baltimore (1729-1730). It also was flown on October 25, 1888, at the Gettysburg Battlefield during ceremonies dedicating monuments to the Maryland regiments of the Army of the Potomac by reorganization regiments of the former state militia, now the Maryland National Guard. However, it was not officially adopted as the state flag until 1904.
In 2001, a survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) placed Maryland's flag fourth best in design quality out of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. state and U.S. territory flags ranked.
Maryland is the only state in the union that has a specific guideline not only how to display the flag but on what the flagpole should look like as well. In 1945, the Maryland General Assembly made a gold cross bottony the official ornament for the top of any flagpole carrying the state flag. Some time before October 10, 2007, Government House (the governor's mansion) in Annapolis ceased to display the cross bottony at the top of the flag pole, but the flags at the State House continue to do so (adhering to Maryland Code Section 13-202 and 203). All other state government buildings, including public schools, obey this guideline, but many private individuals and businesses do not.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Colonial Era • War, US Civil • Wars, Non-US. A significant historical date for this entry is October 11, 1880.
Location. 38° 58.807′ N, 76° 29.366′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Maryland Avenue south of Prince George Street, on the right when traveling north. On the front of Maria's Picture Place. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This is an example of "Ogham" writing. (within shouting distance of this marker); Hammond-Harwood House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); State Circle & Maryland Ave. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chase-Lloyd House (about 400 feet away); Katharine Hepburn Slept Here (about 400 feet away); Liberty Tree (about 400 feet away); St. John's College Alumni Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away); Old Treasury Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.