The flag of Liberia comprises eleven alternating horizontal red (top of the flag and bottom of the flag) and white stripes. In the flag's canton is a blue square inside which sits a five-pointed white star. The flag is overtly modeled on the flag of the United States of America (Liberia was founded by the American Colonization Society as a home for freed slaves) in both colour and design. The flag's eleven stripes stand for the eleven signatories to Liberia's Declaration of Independence. The flag's white star symbolises freedom whilst the blue canton inside which it sits represents Africa.
The flag of Liberia was officially adopted on 24 August 1847, shortly after the country gained its independence (Liberia celebrates its Flag Day - a national holiday - on this date). The flag of Liberia was designed by a committee of seven women - chaired by Susannah Elizabeth Lewis.
The flag's ratio is 10:19.