Local freedmen proclaimed Liberia’s independence on July 26, 1847, and a Liberia national flag was needed, with a committee of women responsible for its design. The seven women substituted a star for the cross, symbolizing the status of Liberia as the only independent Western-style state in Africa.
The Liberia’s national flag, also known as the “Lone Star”, has a very close resemblance to that of the United States. It symbolizes the plight of the descendants of the freed American and Caribbean slaves as well as the bloodline history of Liberia. The flag was adopted on April 26, 1847, now known as Flag Day, and it bears white and red horizontal stripes and a blue square on the top left corner with a white star on it.
The 11 stripes, five white and six red, represent the signatories involved in the Liberian Declaration of Independence. The white and red colors symbolize moral superiority and courage respectively. The white star in the blue square symbolizes the freedom the former slaves were given, and the blue square represents the African heritage.
The national flag of Liberia is the only flag in the world that resembles the American flag. This is because Liberia was the only country on earth that was established, colonized and controlled by the descendants of the freed ex-Caribbean and African-American slaves. They arrived in Liberia as settlers from the US and the Caribbean with the support and help of the American Colonization Society (ACS). The ACS was a private establishment that was tasked with sending descendants of the freed slaves as settlers to Africa from the Caribbean Islands and the United States.
When the freed slaves arrived in the West African country in January 1822, they categorized themselves as Americo-Liberian, just to distinguish themselves from the indigenous Liberians and present settlers. The Americo-Liberian was bloodline and offspring of Black Americans from the US. However, the Americo-Liberian was not the sole ethnic formation that arrived in Liberia during that time. Several other tribal groups came with the Americo-Liberian, and they included Native Americans, African-Europeans, Afro-Caribbeans and White Americans.