Antigua and Barbuda adopted this flag on February 27, 1967, when they became a self-governing colony. The twin islands gained independence from the British in 1981, after nearly 350 years of colonialism. This flag was designed by Sir Reginald Samuel, a high school art teacher, whose design won in a contest of more than 600 locals. The star/sun represents the dawn of a new era, the red represents the energy of the people, and the black represent’s the people’s African heritage. The yellow, white, and blue combination represents sun, sand, and sea. Made in China from economy polyester and mounted on a wooden stick. Measures 12 in. x 18 in.