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Danville, Virginia (U.S.)

Independent City

Last modified: 2021-05-01 by rick wyatt
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[Danville flag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 13 May 2009

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Description of the flag

The flag of the City of Danville, Virginia, is red field, with white line that separates it from the blue stripe on the fly. On the center (At least it looks like to me) of the red field is positioned the blue-white version of the city seal. Vicky L. Farmer, Executive Assistant in the City Manager's Office sent me a photo of the flag.

Description of the seal:
"The City of Danville seal was designed by GWHS art student Gloria Nix, and adopted by the Danville City Council on Sept. 1, 1957, following a seal design contest offered by the Council. At the center of the seal is the sun, decided upon by Nix after she read that Danville was known for its sunsets. At the top of the seal is a depiction of a textile mill (Dan River's "White Mill"), symbolizing industry. It looks out onto a field of cotton that represents the city's agricultural heritage. On the right portion of the seal are illustrations of a book and the lamp of knowledge, symbolic of the importance of education. Directly below the sun is a tobacco field bordered by a stand of pines and a curing barn, with a tobacco leaf in the foreground, representing the importance of this crop to the area. In the left portion, a plane, a train, and a bus, represent the city's place as the Southside's transportation center. On the lower portion of the seal are the words "Founded 1793" and "Chartered 1830." The latter date was the cause of some controversy after the seal had been approved. In 1830, the General Assembly granted Danville a town charter. However, the city didn't elect a mayor and council until 1833. Thus, the legislature issued a new charter in that year, reflecting the city's birth as a political entity. Although 1833 is the accepted date of Danville's chartering, the date on the seal remains 1830."
- from the city website:

Note: The colors on the seal that appears on the flag are not the same.

About the city:
"Danville is an independent city in Virginia, bounded by Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina. It was the last capital of the Confederate States of America. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Danville with Pittsylvania county for statistical purposes under the Danville, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. Danville is also called the city of churches because it has more churches per square mile than any other city in the state of Virginia. The population was 48,411 at the 2000 census."
- from Wikipedia:,_Virginia.

Valentin Poposki, 11 May 2009

The seal

[City Seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 1 February 2020

Paul Bassinson, 1 February 2020

Police Department

[Police] image located by Valentin Poposki, 1 March 2021