If you ever visit Georgia, you must visit the Cyclorama Building, in Atlanta, home of a 385 ft long painting, which happened to be the largest mural in the world till 2004. The painting depicts a panoramic view of the Civil War battle of Atlanta.
Having had three different state flags since 2001 alone, Georgia has had a pretty high flag turnover rate. The reason being is the debate around whether or not, and to what degree, the state flag should reference the Confederate flag.
Just for a little background, the now disputable flag first made its appearance during the American Civil War when seven southern states rebelled against President Abraham Lincoln’s anti-slavery legislation and seceded from the United States.
Centuries later, the Confederate flag continued to be flown during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s to intimidate African-Americans from rioting and was even adopted by the Ku Klux Klan. The flag eventually became a symbol of segregation and white supremacy. So, you could imagine why some people may feel uneasy when they see it.
The current flag was chosen after a statewide vote in 2004. While it is still based on the Confederate flag’s characteristic “stars and bars”, it no longer includes the St. Andrew’s cross it once had. For comparison, in the photo, the current state flags can be seen on the left, on the upper right is the Confederate battle flag, and beneath it the official flag of the Confederate States.
Delawareans may even be oblivious to this fact but did you know that reggae pioneer, Bob Marley, once called Delaware home! He lived in the state during the years 1965-1977, and his son, Stephen Marley, was born in Wilmington.
Although the state's flag colors may give off a tropical vibe, it has nothing to do with the Marley's, its history goes back much further. Adopted on September 4, 1787, the colors on the Delaware state flag- buff, and colonial blue- represent those of a uniform worn by (then) General George Washington who later would become the first American president.
Delaware is nicknamed the "First State" because it was the first state to ratify the federal Constitution, on December 7, 1787, making it the first state admitted to the union. So naturally, they proudly display the monumental date on their flag.
If you fancy beaches, you'll definitely want to visit "the Sunshine State". Florida has the second-longest coastline in the country, second only to Alaska, so there's plenty of beach for everyone.
Florida was actually the first southern state to adopt their own flag after the Civil War; however, it has gone through several designs before taking on its current form in 1900. The state's seal appears in the center of a crimson St. Andrew’s cross (a reappearing theme in former Confederate state flags).
The state seal features a shoreline on which a Seminole woman is pictured spreading flowers. You may be thinking "Hey, Florida's flag also doesn't include the color blue", but if you look closely, it’s on the Native-American woman's skirt.
Need some space? Hawaii is the most isolated population center in the world. It's 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China, and 5,673 mi from Australia.
Hawaii adopted its official state flag in 1845, it's a mash-up between the red, white, and blue stripes of the U.S.A flag and the classic British Union Jack of the U.K. The eight stripes also represent the eight main islands in the chain: Hawaii, Lanai, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe, Niihau, and Oahu.
Something unique about Hawaii is that the native Hawaiians also acknowledge another flag as their own- the personal flag of King Kamehameha I. The flag's color scheme of red, yellow, and green represents the different groups within Hawaiian society: royal, landed gentry, and commoners.
Idaho is sometimes called "the Gem State". If you're lucky you'll be able to find one of the 72 types of precious stones there.
You've probably always recognized the reoccurring theme among the nation's state flags with blue fields, as it identifies as the color used in the United States flag. Idaho’s state flag is also navy blue, with the state seal in the middle. However, something distinctive about Idaho's flag is that it includes the only state seal designed by a woman, Emma Edwards.
The words “State of Idaho” are on display in gold lettering below the seal. And as you can see, Edwards' art reflects Idaho’s main industries: mining, agriculture, forestry, and wildlife.
As the topic of women's right to vote was being debated at the time, Edwards made it a point to place a man and woman next to one another and at equal heights representing equality, liberty, and justice.