Tennessee State Flag was designed by a fellow
named LeRoy Reeves of the Third Regiment,
Tennessee Infantry. It was officially adopted by
the Tennessee State Legislature on April 17,
geometric design sybolizes the geographical and
cultural heritage of the state of Tennessee
while echoing the colors of the national flag of
The United States of America. The color white
symbolizes purity. The blue sybolizes the love
that Tennesseans feel for their state and the
red sybolizes, that in times of war and peace,
Tennesseans are true-blooded Americans.
Reeves explained his design:
The three stars are of pure white, representing
the three grand divisions of the state. They are
bound together by the endless circle of the blue
field, the symbol being three bound together in
one - an indissoluble trinity. The large field
is crimson. The final blue bar relieves the
sameness of the crimson field and prevents the
flag from showing too much crimson when hanging
limp. The white edgings contrast more strongly
the other colors.
"three grand divisions of the state." that Mr.
Reeves refers to are the three sharply
contrasting geographical divisions of the state
Tennessee is defined by the Great Smoky
Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau and the narrow
valleys and forested hills. Farming was
restricted by this landscape and two of the
states most industrialized cities are in East
Tennessee; Chattanooga and Knoxville.
Tennessee is known for its rolling landscape;
bluegrass country. Defined by the circuitous
path of the Tennessee River, Middle Tennessee is
ideal for raising livestock and dairy farming
and is known for its fine horses and mules.
Tennessee is where most of the state's cotton is
grown. Between the Tennessee and Mississippi
Rivers, this is rich river-bottom land.
want more information on the State Flags of the
United States, you might want to check
How Proudly They Wave: Flags of the Fifty States by Rita D. Haban. This book is
geared toward kids... and for adults like me who
want to know about the history and design
significance of the flags of all fifty states
but can't find this information in an expensive