The Origins of Schenectady’s Liberty Flag 3’x3′ flag
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The Liberty Flag of Schenectady began as a homemade flag with the word ‘Liberty’ sewn on both sides. It was made of dark blue material (likely silk) with white applique letters sewed on with a white running stitch.
While many flags are rectangular, Schenectady’s pre-revolutionary Liberty Flag was designed as a square, giving it a unique and distinctive look.
The flag was first displayed in January 1771. It was hoisted onto the top of a 20-foot tall liberty flagpole in the center of the city of Schenectady, in what is now considered the stockade district.
The Liberty Flag was originally raised to show that the original Dutch settlers in Schenectady did not believe that the more recently arrived English settlers had rights to property within the area.
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