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.
This is a color drawing of a state flag design, accompanied on a single page by three other similar flag designs. This design has a centered red apple blossom, over three wide vertical stripes of green, white, and yellow. According to the creator of the design, the green represented leaves, the yellow represented the sun, and the red represented the color of the apple fruit.
One color drawing
Drawings; Competition drawings; State flags
Arkansas State Archives
John R. Fordyce Apple Blossom 4 Arkansas Flag design, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.