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Five Philly FLAG Facts


Who: Reverend Henry McCook, Vice President of the Academy of Natural Sciences 1882. He was a highly regarded Entomologist for his expertise on the behavior of ants and spiders. He was also a Presbyterian Minister.

What: He suggested the concept of a Philadelphia civic flag and submitted designs(drawings) for the flag with a letter to Mayor Edwin S Stuart on October 3 1894.

When: On March 27, 1895 City council made the flag official with an ordinance(Ordinance = A Law)

Where: The Philadelphia Civic Flag began flying in and around City buildings. Gradually it was used in other public arenas. Where have you seen our Philly FLAG? (Click here to let us know)

Why: The concept of the Philly FLAG was presented by McCook first and foremost as a "unifying symbol" for all citizens in this beautifully diverse ethnic city.

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Philadelphia Maneto

Partners For Civic Pride is a nonprofit group of citizens dedicated to uniting Philadelphians by pursuing, promoting, and celebrating the four founding principles and city motto as depicted on our Philadelphia Civic Flag at every opportunity. PFCP believes that the constant use and display of the Philly FLAG will help to foster pride in Philadelphia. The four founding principles are: Peace, Hope, Justice and Prosperity. The city motto is: PHILADELPHIA MANETO, which means "LET BROTHERLY LOVE CONTINUE".

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PFCP Announcements

Now accepting nominations for 2015 PHILADELPHIA MANETO AWARDS!

Deadline for nominations - Midnight - December 31, 2014.


The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission / Bureau of Historic Preservation verified a most significant fact in a letter dated February 21,2014: quote, "...the nomination verifies that THIS IS THE FIRST CIVIC FLAG IN THE NATION" based on the research presented by PFCP to request an historic marker for the Philly Flag. PFCP is currently working on further verification of our research with an independent, accredited Historian, as a final step towards obtaining a local historical marker by the 120th Anniversary Celebration on MARCH 27, 2015! There will be more PR about this significant finding upon the conclusive verification from the independent source. Stay tuned for more FLAG-TASTIC details in the coming months!

Founders Vision
Partners For Civic Pride

In 1998 Brenda Exon discovered that Philadelphia has a flag. These were her thoughts at that time:

I see an opportunity for a citywide “Philly FLAG Campaign” to promote civic pride via the Philadelphia Civic Flag with its meaningful motto and powerful symbols. This new “civic experiment ” may foster the spirit of the original Holy Experiment of William Penn, who named his new, green country town, Brotherly Love, believing that a city founded with Love will be a good and just place to live.