Juneteenth Flag

The Juneteenth flag was created by Ben Haith, founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (NJCF), in 1997. Haith designed the flag to provide a tangible symbol for the Juneteenth holiday, which had been celebrated primarily in Texas but was gaining recognition across the United States. 

The flag’s design incorporates several key elements, each carrying symbolic meaning: 

  1. Colors: The flag features three vibrant colors: red, white, and blue. These colors are not only symbolic of the American flag but also represent various aspects of the African American experience. Red symbolizes the bloodshed and sacrifices of enslaved individuals and their descendants. White represents the purity and enlightenment gained through freedom. Blue signifies the resilience and perseverance of African Americans in their pursuit of liberty. 
  2. Star: Positioned in the center of the flag is a lone star, reminiscent of the Lone Star flag of Texas, where Juneteenth originated. The star symbolizes the state of Texas and its historical significance as the birthplace of Juneteenth. Additionally, the star represents the freedom of African Americans throughout the United States. 
  3. Arc: Encircling the star is a horizontal arc that extends from one side of the flag to the other. This arc represents a new horizon and opportunities for the future. It embodies the progress and advancements made by African Americans since emancipation and serves as a reminder of the ongoing journey toward equality and justice. 

The Juneteenth flag has become a widely recognized symbol of Juneteenth celebrations, serving to unite communities in commemorating the end of slavery and honoring the resilience of African Americans. It is often displayed alongside the American flag during Juneteenth festivities, parades, and cultural events, reaffirming the significance of this historic milestone in American history. 

To learn more about the Juneteenth flag, visit Juneteenth: Two Different Flags, Two Different Meanings (