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Gulfport, Mississippi (U.S.)

Harrison County

Last modified: 2024-02-17 by rick wyatt
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[flag of Gulfport, Mississippi] 2:3 image(s) by permission of David B. Martucci
image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright.



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Current Flag

Text and image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) from American City Flags by permission of David B. Martucci.

Design

Gulfport’s flag has a blue field with the city’s seal in the center, consisting of 1 unit in diameter on a field of 2 by 3 units. Horizontally across the center of the seal, about .125 units high, is a yellow stripe with GULFPORT in blue letters. Immediately below, in letters about one-fourth as high, is WHERE YOUR SHIP COMES IN. The portion above and below the yellow stripe is divided in half with a narrow, vertical yellow line, giving the entire seal the appearance of being quartered. In the upper hoist quarter is a commercial ship, yellow shaded in blue, sailing on a green ocean toward the hoist, with a blue sky and a yellow cloud, above it near the hoist edge of the seal. The upper fly quarter has a yellow skyline of the city in its lower part, with green foliage at its base, and, in a blue sky above, a yellow airplane in a landing approach toward the hoist. In the lower hoist quarter is a yellow house with two rows of blue windows, four in each row, a blue sky, and some greenery to the hoist side and below the house. The lower fly quarter shows a yellow sailboat on green water headed toward the fly, with a circular yellow sun near the fly edge of the seal in a blue sky. The entire seal is edged in yellow.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Symbolism

The ship refers to Gulfport’s shipping industry. The airplane over the skyline shows that the city is connected to the world by air as well. The house suggests Gulfport’s history as a city of homes, and the sailboat symbolizes its tourist industry.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Selection

Mayor John H. “Jack” Barnett held a contest to design the flag, sometime between 1977 and 1981.
Flag adopted: Between 1977 and 1981 (unofficial).
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Designer

The winner was a Mr. Sneed (first name unavailable).
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

More about the Flag

The first flag was made by Josephine Alfonso.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

[flag of Gulfport, Mississippi] image by Masao Okazaki, 25 January 2024

A contemporary photograph of the flag shows a much larger seal and the name arched above it.
Masao Okazaki, 25 January 2024


First Version

[first flag of Gulfport, Mississippi] image by Calvin Paige Herring, 14 February 1999


Blue and White Version

[uncolored flag of Gulfport, Mississippi] image derived from image above

A photograph from http://www.wlox.com of flags flying outside the city hall clearly shows the flag in use has a monocolored seal. Image archived.


Logo flag

[logo flag of Gulfport, Mississippi] image by Masao Okazaki, 25 January 2024

The logo flag, which is probably from 2021. This is the image source: https://www.gulfport-ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Artboard-1.jpg
Masao Okazaki, 25 January 2024


New flag proposals

Gulfport is considering a new flag.
https://www.wlox.com/2024/01/24/commission-vote-new-gulfport-flag/

Commission to vote on new Gulfport flag
The commission will take designs from the public. The city wants the flag to represent Gulfport's vibrance and progress.
Dave Fowler, 25 January 2024


 
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