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 as a red background with a white border. In the center is a horizontal blue diamond with a larger white diamond around it. Fordyce says of this flag, "This flag would be very conspicuous on the field, the colors are beautiful, the size of the diamond makes a pleasing distribution of our National colors, red, white and blue." He submitted eight different designs for the competition.
One color drawing
Drawings; Competition drawings; State flags;
Arkansas State Archives
Double Diamond Flag, Flag36a, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas