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Hey Tulsa! Meet your (possible) new flag!

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The top "Tulsa Flag" choice amidst many submissions.
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TULSA, Okla.-- The privately-funded organization Tulsa Flag has announced the winning design for Tulsa's new flag.

After numerous phases of input, design, selection and voting, Tulsa Flag tweeted the design that received 51 percent of the 8,000 votes cast. 

The blue field symbolizes the Arkansas River, and the many resources it has provided throughout our history and today.

The horizontal line represents the 1901 discovery of oil, the “black gold” that brought substantial growth and commerce to this land.

The Native American shield represents the settlement of this area by Native Americans tribes and is a nod to the Oklahoma state flag.

Within the shield, the red circle represents the blood shed and lives lost during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre that destroyed Black Wall Street, the most prosperous African American community in the country.

The beige star at the center represents Tulsa’s bright future. A nod to Tulsa's Art Deco architecture, it shows that we heal from past wounds and continue to flourish as an icon of a uniquely American city.

The beige field represents the warmth and community commonly found in Tulsa.

Over 400 flag designs were considered and it was narrowed down to three flag options, the winning flag above won a vote from the public of 51 percent.

The idea for a new city flag has been met with mixed responses with some citizens being unaware that their city even has a flag to liking the current flag which is just the cities seal and to those who fully support the change. These mixed emotions have caused the Tulsa City Council to be undecided about the change and are planning a discussion about it. However, no action has yet been officially taken on the flag matter.

When writing about the Tulsa flag project back in March, Red Dirt Report reported thatTulsa's current city flag is copyrighted meaning that it cannot be mass produced and citizens are unable to fly the flag outside their homes or businesses.

The new Tulsa flag is meant to be a flag designed for the people of Tulsa to take pride in their city and demonstrate that pride with a new banner reflecting Tulsa's history and dynamism.

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