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You know what the American flag looks like. You might know what the Missouri flag looks like. But do you know what Jefferson City's flag looks like?

Many local residents, we suspect, do not.

Maybe that lends more credence to local resident T.C. Farrar's initiative, the JC Flag Project. It's a project he recently started, but it's four years in the making.

He hopes to come up with a new flag design for the city, one that people will embrace and display more prominently.

The current flag, designed by David Woodside and adopted by the city in 1990, can be seen outside the City Hall building on East McCarty Street.

But it's not prominently displayed on the city's website, and we're not certain it can be found there at all.

As we recently reported, the city's flag features a depiction of the Missouri Capitol dome surrounded by 24 white stars to symbolize Missouri's status as the 24th state to join the United States. Wavy blue and white stripes represent the Missouri River, and there is a white outline of the state. The words "Jefferson City, Missouri" complete the design.

Farrar said the current flag breaks two of the five principals of flag design: keep it simple and don't use lettering or seals.

He isn't looking to come up with a new design, but he's encouraging submissions from others.

We agree the flag could be refreshed. To us, the red, white and blue colors say USA, while the Capitol seal says Missouri.

Farrar already has five submissions and hopes to get more. Then, he wants a panel of judges to narrow the submissions down to three that will be presented to the City Council for consideration.

Do you think a new and improved flag should be adopted for our city? Join the effort at or

News Tribune

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