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About the Arkansas Flag
When the ladies of the Pine Bluff chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution learned that the battleship USS Arkansas was to be commissioned, they decided to present a state flag to the ship. A request was sent to the Secretary of State, Earl W. Hodges, who informed the ladies that, regrettably, Arkansas did not have a state flag.
Undaunted, the ladies of the Pine Bluff DAR decided to remedy this unfortunate circumstance by holding a statewide flag design contest. Secretary Hodges was asked to act as custodian of the entries. Sixty-five entries were submitted, from crayon drawings to miniatures on silk.
Secretary Hodges chose a distinguished panel to help him judge the entries. The committee met in early 1913 and set about their task. The winning design was that of Miss Willie Hocker of Wabbaseka, a member of the Pine Bluff DAR, the very organization whence the search originated.
Miss Hocker explained that her choice of the colors red, white, and blue represented that Arkansas was one of the United States of America. The tree blue stars had three meanings: Arkansas had been ruled by three countries - Spain, France and the United States before attaining statehood; 1803 was the year of the Louisiana Purchase, when the land that is now Arkansas was acquired by the United States; and Arkansas was the third state created from the Purchase, after Louisiana and Missouri.
The twenty-five stars in the blue field of the diamond indicate that Arkansas was the 25th state admitted to the Union. The diamond represents Arkansas as the Nation's only diamond producer. The two parallel white stars at the left and right points of the diamond are positioned to symbolize the dual admission of Arkansas and Michigan to the Union within a year of each other.
Miss Hocker's flag was designated the official state flag on February 26, 1913 by the Arkansas legislature. The USS Arkansas received her flag from the Pine Bluff DAR.
Then someone noticed that there was no indication on the flag that Arkansas had been a member of the Confederacy. The state legislature corrected this omission in 1923 by adding a fourth blue star above the "R" in Arkansas and positioning one of the original blue stars above the last "A." However, many claimed that the original symmetry and meaning of the design were destroyed by this change.
So, in 1924, the legislature placed three blue stars below the word "Arkansas" and one above, and so the design remains today. The three stars below retained the meanings assigned by Miss Hocker, and the lone star above commemorates Arkansas' membership in the Confederacy.
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