Designer Of State Flag Honored in Wabbaseka

Oct 12, 2013

They’re finally getting around to honoring the designer of the Arkansas flag, 100 years after it was created.

Willie K. Hocker of Wabbaseka created what we now use as the Arkansas state flag and unveiled it at the Arkansas State Fair in Hot Springs in 1913.

The design is the familiar diamond-shaped blue band on a red background with 25 white stars signifying Arkansas as the 25th state.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a procession was to begin at Oaklawn Park, motorcade to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds Museum in Little Rock and then on to Pine Bluff, where a mural of Ms. Hocker hangs, and finally on to Wabbaseka for the unveiling of the new memorial monument.

Hocker was a school teacher, artist and poet who spent most of her life in Jefferson Couinty.

The memorial was the brainchild of Wabbaseka native Jason Irby.