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.
The flag has a white background with a thin red border. In the middle is a red horitzontal diamond with a white cotton boll in the center of the diamond. Fordyce says "design 6 is the cotton and diamond flag, both of which no doubt in time will be supreme in value of the products of Arkansas. There is a red diamond on a white field and in the red diamond there is the conventionalized cotton boll partially opened. The white is intended to represent the fluffy fiber and the green a portion of the pod which you would naturally see if you looked at the end of a partially opened boll. This would be a beautiful flag as well as a conspicuous one on the field and I do not believe in all the designs of flags that there has ever been a cotton boll conventionalized. Therefore this flag would possess the merit of marked originality." Fordyce submitted eight different designs for the competition.
One color drawing
Drawings; Competition drawings; State flags;
Arkansas State Archives
Cotton and Diamond Flag, Flag35a, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas