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[Flag of Evansville, Indiana] image by Masao Okazaki, 19 March 2024

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Description of the flag

Evansville has chosen a new city flag, though it sounds like it could still undergo some tweaks before being officially adopted.

Evansville Flag Competition artist wins with symbolic city design

VANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Flag Competition has chosen a winning design that could end up becoming Evansville’s new flag.

The organization announced Darren Wharton won the competition with his flag that portrays the Ohio River and Four Freedoms Monument.

Officials say they worked with other artists to create eight new versions of Wharton’s flag that will be shown to city council.

“We appreciate Evansville City Councilmembers Zac Heronemeus, Mary Allen, and Ben Trockman for their support on getting this flag approved as well as you the public who have supported us throughout this whole process,” says a spokesperson for the competition.

Organizers say they are take comments at for one week and will then work with Evansville City Council to pick the best design for the city.
Copyright 2024 WFIE

Dave Fowler, 31 January 2024

After a year of planning, the Evansville Flag Competition was launched on March 3, 2023, by 4 students from the Perry Heights Student Government: Atley Osborne, Alivia Westerfield, Amelia Wilderman, and Collin Goebel. On August 13, 322 entries were revealed: 96 entries had come from 8 schools and the rest had come from Evansville residents. After all flags were submitted to a public vote, 21 flags that were believed by a group of “Community Ambassadors” (including teachers, veterans, and long-time residents) to have the most public support were unveiled as finalists and again submitted to voting from November 11 to December 5. Each subsequent week, 3 finalists were eliminated, and the winning flag, designed by Evansville resident Darren Wharton, was revealed on January 30, 2024. With the help of artist Evan Watson and Rachel Wambach, owner of Sprout Design, 8 versions of the winning flag were created. The final version of Mr. Wharton’s design was submitted to the city council and unanimously adopted as the city flag on March 18, 2024.

Symbolism of the flag

  • An upper bar of light blue, a color of the city, represents city founder Hugh McHenry Jr.
  • A lower bar of dark blue, a color of the state flag, represents General Robert Morgan Evans, for whom the city was named.
  • The blue bars are “married” by a ring around the center seal and a band of gold, another state flag color.
  • The seal has a circle of 10 stars to represent each letter in “Evansville” and the 10 different E for Excellence Awards
  • The outline of the Four Freedoms Monument and 3 lines representing the “Heart of Tristate” are in white to honor veterans of World War II.
  • The three lines in light blue represent the Wabash and Erie Canal, Pigeon Creek, and the Ohio River.
Information is from the Evansville Flag Project Facebook page:

Symbolism of the flag:
The new flag:
Ordinance G-2024-03 for flag adoption:
A photo of a sewn flag:
Masao Okazaki, 19 March 2024

The Seal

[City Seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 20 July 2019

Paul Bassinson, 20 July 2019

Previous flag

[Flag of Evansville, Indiana] image by Masao Okazaki, 16 June 2021
based on image located by Valentin Poposki, 29 December 2011

Section 1.10.15 City insignia.

(A) The corporate seal of the city shall be composed of the following:
(1) Two concentric circles. The outer circle shall be 1-1/2 inches in diameter; the inner circle 1-1/4 inches in diameter.
(2) The words "The City of Evansville" placed between the two concentric circles and at the top of the seal.
(3) The word "Indiana" placed between the two concentric circles and at the bottom of the seal.
(4) A star placed at each side of the word "Indiana" separating it from the words at the top of the seal.
(5) In the central area of the seal within the inner concentric circle, and toward the top, a representation of a set of balanced scales.
(6) Centered below the scales, and between the balance pans of the scales, a representation of a sheaf of wheat.

(B) The City Clerk shall be the custodian of the corporate seal, and shall affix it to all items required to bear the seal.

(C) The corporate flag of the city shall be a rectangle, three feet by five feet in size. The background shall be blue. In the center of the flag shall be a gold facsimile of the corporate seal. The facsimile shall be 14-1/2 inches in diameter. The flag shall be bordered by a gold fringe. (' 62 Code, Art. 2, Ch. 1, § 7) (' 82 Code, § 10.15)

Dov Gutterman, 31 October 2002

This version with the large seal is what is currently being used.
Recent video showing flag being used:
Masao Okazaki, 16 June 2021

Variant flag

[Flag of Evansville, Indiana] image by Zachary Harden, 19 May 2012

This variant of the flag contains a much smaller seal.

Evansville Flag Competition

A contest to design a new flag for Evansville IN was started in early 2020, subsequently delayed by the Covid pandemic to August 2020, accepted submissions and narrowed the field to four finalists with the intent to have the winning design in place for 8 August 2021. About two weeks before the voting period was set to close, organizers issued a press release stating it was pausing the project until further notice after being "advised by the City that the flag designs produced as a result of the current process created by the Evansville Flag Project are not supported by the City of Evansville." 

Subsequently a group of students from Perry Heights Middle School on Evansville's west side decided to try again and 21 designs were selected for voting. Voting closed on 4 December 2023. 

Valentin Poposki, 2 December 2023