Early in 1912, the Pine Bluff Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), decided to present a "stand of colors" to the new U.S.S. Arkansas battleship, which would include a United States flag, a naval battalion flag, and an Arkansas flag. Secretary of State Earle W. Hodges informed the DAR group that Arkansas had no state flag, which led the Pine Bluff Chapter to immediately launch a movement to obtain one. Through the newspapers, they asked that designs be submitted to Secretary of State Hodges, who agreed to appoint a committee to select an official flag. Sixty-five separate designs were considered by Hodges' committee. The design chosen was the work of Willie Kavanaugh Hocker of Wabbaseka, a member of the Pine Bluff Chapter, DAR. The Arkansas General Assembly passed a resolution on February 26, 1913, affirming the choice of the committee. The Arkansas State Archives holds 43 of the submitted designs.
This flag design has a blue background with a white diamond superimposed upon it, the diamond's corners touching each side of the flag. Inside the diamond are a pink and green laurel wreath with a blue ribbon on the bottom, and a centered red star.
One color drawing
Drawings; Competition drawings; State flags;
Arkansas State Archives
Red Star and Laurel Wreath Flag, Flag14, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas