1774 – THE FIRST LIBERTY FLAG IS FLOWN IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES IN THE WAKE OF THE STAMP ACT, SUGAR ACT, TEA ACT, REGULATORY ACT, CURRENCY ACT, DECLARATORY ACT AND OTHER MOUNTING ABRIDGMENTS OF A FREE PEOPLE, SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD
This Day In U.S. History October 21, 1774 – First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
The original Taunton Flag wasn’t a military color. It was a flag of protest and petition, actually — one of many such that were raised on “liberty poles” throughout the Thirteen Colonies and particularly in New England during the five years prior to the outbreak of the Revolution.
The Taunton Flag proclaimed loyalty to the Crown, laid claim on behalf of the colonists to the rights of Englishmen, and called for a union of the colonies in the quarrel with Britain. It was probably raised with the authority of a resolution of the town meeting.
“Born to be free, we spurn the Knaves who dare For us the Chains of Slavery to prepare.
Steadfast, in Freedom’s Cause, we’ll live and die, Unawed by Statesmen, Foes to Tyranny,
But if oppression brings us to our Graves, and marks us dead, she ne’er shall mark us Slaves.”
– Taunton Sons of Liberty, October 1774
The Taunton Flag
America remember and honor your history – it will give direction, purpose and security to your future.