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Little Rock, Arkansas (U.S.)

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[Flag of Little Rock, Arkansas] image by Arnaud Leroy



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Current Flag

Text and image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) from American City Flags by permission of David B. Martucci.

Design

The flag of Little Rock has a white field, with a horizontal royal blue stripe and a vertical forest green stripe, both fimbriated in golden yellow, converging as in a Scandinavian cross upon a modified representation of the city seal in golden yellow. Each stripe is in turn fimbriated again in its own color. The image on the seal is a mound or rock pile against a level background. Suspended above the mound is a red silhouette of Arkansas with a golden yellow five-pointed star marking the geographical location of the city. These images are enclosed in a double ring. Surrounding the double ring are • CITY OF LITTLE ROCK •, clockwise around the top and • ARKANSAS •, counterclockwise around the bottom. An oak leaf on either side separates the two legends, beginning below the midpoint of the flag’s height. Another double ring completes the seal design. The lettering and detailing on the images are in black.
Richard Monahan, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Symbolism

The clean white background of the banner represents the optimism and open potential that the City has to offer. The royal blue horizontal stripe symbolizes the Arkansas River which borders Little Rock and has served as an economic and historical emblem since the City's beginning. The ...cross... symbolizes the location and stature of Little Rock... a city serving not only as the crossroads of Arkansas, but a crossroads of the mid-southern ...States as well. The strong forest green color depicts the fields, parks and forests which contribute to the natural beauty of the City. The razorback red silhouette of the ...State of Arkansas shows her capital, the City of Little Rock, represented by the centered star. The star rises directly above "Little Rock" [the mound or rock pile] ... protruding cliff along the Arkansas River ... The Arkansas River [the level background] behind the rock and the symmetrical oak leaves in the border of the seal are a stylized illustration of what the flag's stripes represent ... the natural beauty of the City. Finally, the golden yellow color of the seal and the bordering stripes symbolize the superior economic history, and the future economic potential that is available in the City of Little Rock...

Source: the ordinance of adoption, Ordinance No. 15,566, as quoted in American City Flags, NAVA, 2003
Adopted 18 Oct 1988; Design: David Wilson
Jarig Bakker, 31 May 2004

Selection

The flag was selected through a contest sponsored by the city’s board of directors and the City Beautiful Commission.
Flag adopted: 18 October 1988 (official)
Richard Monahan, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Designer

David Wilson, a law clerk, won the $1,000 contest prize.
Richard Monahan, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

More about the Flag

Craig Rains won second place in the contest and a prize of $500, David Tullis won third place and $250.
Richard Monahan, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003


Symbolism of the flag

 


City Coat of Arms

[Coat of Arms of Little Rock, Arkansas]
source: www.littlerock.state.ar.us


Variant flag

[Variant flag of Little Rock, Arkansas] image located by Valentin Poposki, 5 August 2010

A variant of the flag of the City of Little Rock, Arkansas is the city seal on a white background: arkansasnews.com/2010/05/26/la-petite-roche-gains-renewed-prominence

"City employees Leland Couch (left) and Ron Ross hoist the Little Rock flag over La Petite Roche during a dedication ceremony Wednesday for the city's namesake. City parks and recreation workers have improved the area surrounding the local landmark over the past year to increase its prominence. ( Lewis Delavan photo)"
Valentin Poposki, 5 August 2010