Antigua and Barbuda's flag was designed by Mr. Reginald Samuel when Antigua gained "statehood" status (Self-governing) in 1967. The flag consists of a red base divided by an upside-down triangle whose base extends across the length of the top. The point of the triangle at the bottom is white, the middle portion is blue, and the top is black. On the black is a rising sun made up of half of a 16-point star, which symbolizes the energy of the people. The black symbolizes the African roots of the people, and the yellow, blue, and white symbolize the sun, sand, and sea.