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Howard University (U.S.)

District of Columbia

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[Howard University flag] image located by Dave Fowler, 14 September 2022

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Organized in 1866 and opened in 1868 at the initiative of a Congregationalist church in Washington with support from the Freedmen's Bureau, the federal agency in charge of supporting ex-slaves transition to freedom after the Civil War. It is still one of the few institutions of higher education that receives direct federal budgetary support. With an enrolment of about 9,000, Howard remains almost entirely African-American; it is traditionally one of the leading "historically black colleges and universities" and has produced a number of prominent leaders in the African-American community. The flag as shown at is divided quarterly, blue and white, with the university seal overall, the surrounding lettering counterchanged. Based on another photograph of the campus, the American shield on the center of the seal, upon which an open book is superimposed) appears to be shown in full color. The motto surrounding the shield is "Veritas et utilitas," translating as "Truth and usefulness."

Joe McMillan, 9 January 2004

[Howard University flag]  [Howard University flag] images located by Dave Fowler, 14 September 2022

Based on an earlier photograph, the blue is dark (was PMS 2995)
Dave Fowler, 14 September 2022


[Seal of Graduate School USA] image located by Dave Fowler, 14 September 2022


[University logo] image located by Dave Fowler, 13 September 2022

Supporters flag

[Supporters flag] image located by Paul Bassinson, 22 February 2020

School of Law

[Howard University flag] [Howard University flag] images located by Dave Fowler, 14 September 2022

I located a different blue and white flag, though details are not clear, with a small seal on a white portion in the upper hoist. I am speculating that this could be a School of Law flag, as the only two pictures that I could find of it had Supreme Court justices in it as well.
Dave Fowler, 14 September 2022