See the Five Finalists for the People’s Flag of Milwaukee

The finalists for the long-discussed People’s Flag of Milwaukee were unveiled on Saturday, May 14 — one month before Flag Day, when the winner will be revealed.

Here are five finalists for the “People’s Flag of Milwaukee” effort.

See our web feature about that effort and how it could become the new city flag here.

The finalists were released Saturday; you’ll get a chance to rate them at the flag enthusiasts’ website, and the winner or winners will be announced on June 14, Flag Day.

Three Rivers (Cameron Pothier) Milwaukee’s three rivers flow from the land into the lake, with a large disc representing the city at the confluence and our brewing history.


The “M” Star (DeChazier Stokes-Johnson) Four “M”s connect to form a cream-colored star representing Milwaukee on the blue lake, its Native American roots, unity, and signifying the city’s bright future.



Golden Arrow (Chanya Hughes) Milwaukee’s past, present, and future, moving in a positive direction, symbolized through its rivers, brewing history, and the lake, with white echoing the art museum.


Cream City Star (Jon Grider) The six points of the star symbolize the three original sections of the city and its three rivers and representing Milwaukee as the “Cream City” and the largest in Wisconsin.


Sunrise Over the Lake (Robert Lenz) The sun rising over Lake Michigan symbolizes a new day. The blue bars in its reflections represent the city’s three rivers and founders.



Tom Tolan is managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine, where he's worked since January 2016. He spent 24 years at The Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a copy editor, assistant metro editor and reporter. He lives in Shorewood.