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What Is the Flag of Arkansas?

Have you encountered the flag of Arkansas? Featuring 29 stars with the same red, white and blue color scheme as the American flag, it’s commonly displayed throughout the Bear State.

Overview of the Flag of Arkansas

The flag of Arkansas features the state’s name in the center of a diamond. At the top of the diamond is a single star. At the bottom of the diamond is three stars. The diamond itself also features a perimeter with an additional 25 stars, resulting in a total of 29 stars.

As shown in the adjacent photo, the flag of Arkansas features red, white and blue colors. The field surrounding the diamond is red. The perimeter of the diamond is blue. And the inside of the diamond is white. Blue and white are also used for the colors of the stars.

Origins of the Flag of Arkansas

The flag of Arkansas has origins dating back to the early 1900s. In 1912,  Secretary of State Earle Hodges discovered that Arkansas didn’t have an official flag at the time. As a result, he organized a committee to seek design proposals for an official flag.

Arkansas school teacher Willie Hocker of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) submitted a design. His original design consisted of a white diamond with three stars in the middle and a perimeter of 25 stars. The center of the diamond was white. The perimeter of the diamond was blue. And the outside field area was red. Hocker later updated his design to include the state’s name in the center of the diamond. This updated design became the first official Arkansas flag in 1912.

Over the years, the flag of Arkansas has changed. It was revised in 1923 to feature an additional star in the diamond. The current design of the flag of Arkansas didn’t come until 1924. In 1924, state lawmakers adopted a new design consisting of four stars in the diamond.

Symbolism the Flag of Arkansas

What does the flag of Arkansas symbolize exactly? The diamond has four stars, including one at the top and three at the bottom. The three stars at the bottom of the diamond symbolize the nations that Arkansas has been a part of throughout its history. Arkansas has been a part of France, Spain and, of course, the United States.

The perimeter of the diamond features 25 stars. Arkansas, of course, was the 25th state to join the Union. Therefore, its official flag features 25 stars around the perimeter of the diamond. Even the diamond itself has symbolism to it. At the time, Arkansas was believed to be the only state in the Union to have diamonds.

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