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by Joseph McMillan
The flag of the estância (resort) of Serra Negra is a white field upon which is the official coat of arms of the municipality. Above the coat of arms is the name Serra Negra in black letters. The coat of arms was adopted by law 12 of 15 October 1937 and law 07 of 31 March 1948: on a silver field, three black heraldic mountains charged with as many escutcheons and forming a mountain range (serra negra means "black mountains"), from which issue two springs symbolizing the mineral waters of the resort; in base, a blue river with three silver swimming fishes, recalling the original name of the settlement, Chapel of Our Lady of the River of Fish. The dexter escutcheon shows the arms of the founder of Serra Negra, Lourenço Franco de Oliveira: divided per pale, dexter green a castle silver upon a natural colored rock, beaten by waves of the sea, silver and blue; and sinister red an olive tree green fimbriated gold. The center escutcheon shows the arms of the State of São Paulo. The sinister escutcheon is blue with a white chapel, representing the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, the mother church of Serra Negra. On the mural crown, a fourth escutcheon, red with a white rosary, is the emblem of the patroness of the municipality, Our Lady of the Rosary. The supporters are branches of coffee and grapevine shoots. The motto is Virtvte Pavlistarvm Florvi (I flourish thanks to the valor of the Paulistanos).
Source: Official municipal website.
Joseph McMillan, 21 March 2003