In late 1911, the Pine Bluff Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R) began discussing their desire to present a “strand of colors” to the USS Arkansas upon the battleship’s commissioning. In early 1912, the D.A.R. members contacted Secretary of State Earle W. Hodges, who informed them that Arkansas did not have an official state flag. With Hodges approval and agreement to chair the selection committee, the ladies of the Pine Bluff D.A.R. launched a statewide contest to design the flag in 1912. The winning design was created by Willie Kavanaugh Hocker of Wabbaseka, a longtime member of the Pine Bluff chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Ms. Hocker’s design was officially adopted as the Arkansas State Flag on Feb. 18, 1913.
On Feb. 26, Wabbaseka hosts a celebration of Ms. Hocker, the USS Arkansas and the Arkansas State Flag. The event will be held at the Wabbaseka City Park, beginning at 10 a.m., and will feature presentations from the Secretary of State’s office, the Arkansas History Commission and others. To find out more, contact Jason Irby at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-907-6710.