The Arkansas Flag Turns 100

Willie K. Hocker's original design, which was accepted but the committee asked her to add the word Arkansas.

Willie K. Hocker’s original design, which was accepted but the committee asked her to add the word Arkansas.

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.

Hockner's final flag design.

Hockner’s final flag design.

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 jirby@aristotle.net or call 501-907-6710.

 

 

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3 comments on “The Arkansas Flag Turns 100
  1. Deana Morrid says:

    It would be nice to have an Arts/Crafts/Quilting Expo

  2. LaRawn says:

    Wonderful information! I had no idea and I am so proud she was a member of DAR !

  3. Sheila Moore Mitchell says:

    Dear Jason,
    I am George Mitchell’s wife, and I am quite interested in Miss Willie K. Hocker. I wrote an email to the Regent of the Pine Bluff-John McAlmont chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I sent a copy to you and to a couple others. I look forward to meeting you on Tuesday.
    Sincerely,
    Sheila Moore Mitchell

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