The flag of the state of Arkansas is a red field charged with a large blue-bordered white diamond. Twenty-nine five-pointed stars appear on the flag: twenty-five small white stars within the blue border, and four larger blue stars in the white diamond. The inscription "ARKANSAS" appears in blue within the white diamond, with one star above and three stars below. The star above and the two outer stars below point upwards; the inner star below points downwards. The design was created by Willie Kavanaugh Hocker of Wabbaseka and selected from a field of 65 entries in a 1912 contest.
Around 1912, when it was discovered that Arkansas did not have a state flag, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter decided to sponsor a contest to design a flag. Hocker, a member of the Pine Bluff DAR chapter, won with a design that is similar to the current flag. She designed a flag with three blue stars in the middle of a white diamond, surrounded by a blue border charged with 25 stars, on a red field. At the request of the flag committee, chaired by Secretary of State Earle Hodges, Hocker added the word "ARKANSAS" and rearranged the stars to one on top and two on bottom of the state name. This flag was adopted by the legislature on February 26, 1913. In 1923, the legislature added a fourth star, representing the Confederate States of America. The arrangement of the four stars was changed from 2-2 to the current 1-3 a year later.
Homage to the original Hocker design, simplified. Stars removed from the border to avoid Confederate symbolism.
Arkansas flag proposed by Ken Morton. My goal here is to avoid confederate symbolism with a more abstract design. - I posted this design once before, but, it seems that it was removed. Please do not remove this post.
The companion to my earlier design. Personally,I prefer the Blue, White and Red, but I might imagine the Red, White and Blue would be more acceptable. [Posted by Ken Morton]