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Marquette University (U.S.)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Last modified: 2010-08-13 by rick wyatt
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[flag of the Marquette University, Wisconsin] image by Eugene Ipavec, 18 August 2009
Based on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottfeldstein/437129442/sizes/o located by Ned Smith, 17 August 2009



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Description of the flag

Marquette University is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was founded in 1881 by the Society of Jesus (i.e. the Jesuits) and has a student body of over 11,000. The flag is dark blue and bears the university's seal. Info re the seal can be found at the schools website: www.marquette.edu/about/logo-seal.shtml:

The Marquette University seal consists of two parts enclosed within a blue circular band that includes the year of the university's founding, 1881. The upper half bears the motto "Numen Flumenque" (meaning "God and the [Mississippi] River") and the coat of arms of the Loyola family in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

The gold and red diagonal bands honor seven heroes from the House of Onaz, the maternal side of Ignatius' parentage, who distinguished themselves in battle. The wolves symbolize the generosity of the House of Loyola even the wolves found something in the kettle on which to feast.

The lower half depicts Father Jacques Marquette, the 17th-century Jesuit missionary and explorer after whom the university is named, who lived among various Great Lakes tribes for nine years while seeking to win their commitment to the Gospel. The American Indian represents the numerous native people who accompanied and guided Father Marquette on his explorations of the western Great Lakes and the Mississippi River system.

Ned Smith, 17 August 2009