flag of Arkansas
The Natural State
Admitted June 15, 1836

In 1912, the Pine Bluff chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a flag design contest to create a flag for the USS Arkansas.

Willie K. Hocker, a local teacher, submitted the winning design which featured three blue stars at the center of a white diamond trimmed in blue and 25 white stars. At the flag committee’s request, the word “Arkanas” was added and the flag was adopted in 1913.

The flag has had two small revisions, with its current iteration adopted in 1924.

Although unchanged since, it wasn’t signed into law until 1987.


The Arkansas flag features a field of red surrounding a centered diamond of white, bordered by a band of blue emblazoned with 25 white five-pointed stars.

Within the white diamond the word “Arkanas” is inscribed. Three blue five-pointed stars are placed below and one more placed above.

flag of Arkansas


  • diamond


    diamonds, natural resources

    Note: Arkansas is the only diamond-bearing state in the U.S.

  • diamond of stars

    25 stars

    Arkansas as the 25th state to join the Union

  • three stars

    3 stars

    the three countries to which Arkansas has belonged (Spain, France, and the U.S.) and the first three states formed from the Louisiana Purchase (Louisiana, Missouri and Arkansas)

  • five-pointed star

    1 star

    Arkansas’ secession and role in the Confederacy


Colors include red, white, and blue. The blue and red match those on the United States flag.

Cable No. 70075 Old Glory Blue
PMS 282c
Cable No. 70180 Old Glory Red
PMS 193C
Cable No. 70001 White
Pantone White


Neither Arkansas law nor the Office of the Secretary of State provide official dimensions for the flag. It is commonly produced with a proportion of 2:3.

Statute does require Arkansas flags be produced in the United States.

construction sheet for the flag of Arkansas

Previous iterations

  • version that features just three stars within the diamond

    Proposed design

    Willie K. Hocker’s design submitted to the flag contest.

  • version that features one star above the word “Arkansas” and two below within the diamond


    “Arkanas” is added to the Hocker design.

  • features two stars above “Arkansas” and two below


    A fourth star is added within the white diamond.

  • the current Arkansas flag


    The fourth star is separated from the other three.