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Turner County was the first county in the state of Georgia to have a flag. The flag was designed, bought and presented to the county by the Knox Conway Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Monday (October 9, 1939) morning with appropriate exercises at the opening of the October term of Turner County Superior Court. Mrs. P.R. Hudson, regent, presented the flag with the following words: "Your Honor, Ladies and Gentlemen, we the Daughters of the American Revolution wish to take advantage of this occasion to present through the commissioners to the citizens of Turner this beautiful county flag. We appreciate and prize its value most highly. As it is not only the first county flag in the State
of Georgia but it is the second county flag in the entire United States. We trust it will be accepted by you that Turner may enjoy this distinction." Judge Eve in a patriotic talk complimented the ladies on their patriotism and vision.
The flag is attractive, made of dark blue. The state of Georgia is outlined in white and Turner county's position in the state is marked.
That is the story as written. Turner county volunteer, Wayne Blue, recounts his own memories of the Turner County flag. "As a scout I with other scouts in the 1950 and 60s would place the county flag with the US and GA flag on a pedestal on the courthouse lawn on each holiday. Each time we went to get the flag from the county commissioners' office, Mrs. Annelle Murphy, clerk would give us a lecture on taking care of the flag and its' history."
"Most people in Turner County have never seen the flag or even knew there was one. It has not been seen since the late 1970s when it was stored with historical pictures and other historical items in the clock tower of the courthouse. When the courthouse was renovated most of the items in the clock tower disappeared and have not been located. A plea to anyone knowing the whereabouts of this flag is made, so that it can be placed in its' rightful position of Honor."
Dov Gutterman, 7 May 1999