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.
Red and white flag. One red stripe runs horizontally at both the bottom and top of the flag. In the center white section is a stenciled apple blossom. Written on the back: The State flower, the apple blossom, is well adapted for a conventional design. In simplicity and beauty it rivals the immortal emblem of France, the fleur de lis, or even the beloved shamrock of Erin. In its delicate grace, it may be classed with the rose of England or the honeysuckle of ancient Syria. Not only does it call forth the adoration of our aesthetic nature, but it has been given a practical value as well. With the various products from the resources of the Arkansas vegetable world, the apple holds its own. Its fame is known abroad. The blossom combines the colors, red and white; the red representative of the iron laden soil of the rich red hue; the white, the purity of its crystal waters. Long may the apple blossom wave in its homeland."
One color drawing
Drawings; Competition drawings; State flags;
Arkansas State Archives
Apple Blossom Flag, Flag22a, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas