Creator

Date Original

1912-1913

Description

This collection contains entries for the 1913 Arkansas state flag design contest.

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1910, the U.S. Navy began construction of a battleship named the USS Arkansas. The Pine Bluff chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution wanted to present a flag to the new ship; but after contacting the secretary of state, Earle W. Hodges, they were told that no state flag existed. This led to a state-wide contest to design a state flag. Hodges chaired the committee, and around sixty-five designs were submitted.

The committee met in early 1913, and ultimately chose a red, white, and blue design by Willie Kavanaugh Hocker of Wabbaseka, Arkansas. Hocker's original design was changed slightly by adding the state's name and re-arranging the position of the stars. This revised design was adopted by the General Assembly as the official state flag of Arkansas on February 26, 1913. Prior to 1913, Arkansas had no state flag.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Subjects

Flags--United States--States; Drawing--Competitions

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000839

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Arkansas State Flag Competition entries, MS.000839

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas State Flag Competition entries, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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