Flag of Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Adopted November 1, 1897 [1]
Designed by (unknown)
Proportions 29:33 [2]

The flag of Rhode Island (and Providence Plantations) has a white background with a stylized gold anchor in the center of the flag. Below the anchor is a blue stylized ribbon with the word "HOPE" in gold letters on it. Arranged equally in a circle, facing outward, are thirteen five-pointed gold-colored stars.


The thirteen stars in a circle was taken from the Betsy Ross flag, symbolizing the United States, and the fact that Rhode Island was the thirteenth state to enter the American Union. The anchor and "HOPE" are taken from the Bible:

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.
Hebrews 6:19a

"Hope" is also the state motto of Rhode Island. White and blue were colors of the American Revolution.


  1. Rhode Island State Flag
  2. ISBN 0-681-60280-5
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