The Pine Bluff chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution wanted to present the battleship U.S.S. Arkansas with their state’s flag before it was commissioned. A problem later arose when they discovered there was no Arkansas state flag. The Pine Bluff Daughters decided to hold a contest to ratify this problem. The contest selection committee was composed of politicians, college professors, elementary school teachers, and a variety of association members. This committee received sixty-five entries and the entry chosen was by Miss Willie Hocker, a member of the D.A.R. Her red, white, and blue design depicted a large white diamond containing three blue stars. This white diamond was surrounded by a blue border that contained 25 more white stars. The diamond was a symbol of Arkansas being the only diamond yielding state, the 25 white stars represented it being the 25th state accepted into the union, and the three blue stars represent the three countries that Arkansas region had belonged to: France, Spain, and the United States of America. The flag committee later decided that the state’s name should be added and modified the design to include this. Arkansas was added by placing it on the diamond and moving one blue star above and two below. Forgetting to consider the state’s four year membership in the Confederate States of America, the flag was changed in 1923 to include a fourth star above the state’s name. This addition created an uproar as people claimed it tainted the original meaning and symmetry of the flag’s design. In 1924, the fourth star was moved under the state’s name and this placement is how we see it today. It is said that the three stars below hold their original representation and the single star above the state’s name represents Arkansas’ membership in the Confederate States of America.
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