This design is part of my 2009 flag proposal series (the flag designs from my old site with the most hits and ratings).
The current design
The current flag of Massachusetts is a typical American-style seal-on-a-bedsheet design, and as a result it is convoluted, unmemorable and uninspiring. In 2020, the flag has come under scrutiny from many groups because the sword above the Native American figure can be seen as an endorsement of colonial violence. In July, the state senate voted unanimously to look into redesigning the state seal and flag. Therefore, here is my proposal.
First off, this design is simple enough to be remembered by a child, yet distinctive enough to be identified at a distance.
This design is inspired by the naval and maritime flag of Massachusetts that features the pine tree, a common symbol of the New England region in general. The six stars represents how Massachusetts was the sixth state to join the union. It does this by echoing the American national flag, where each star represents a state.
Green represents agriculture, white represents the coastline and blue represents the sea. Massachusetts’ official nickname is “The Bay State” and the sea has been a crucial part of its identity both historically and in the present. The colour blue also references the Blue Hills, which the state is indirectly named after. The colours blue and white have been retained from the current flag, so all of their current symbolism can be carried over as well.
Vector files available on request.