The Indiana Historical Bureau will unveil a new marker Saturday commemorating the designer of the Indiana state flag. The location in Mooresville will describe the 1917 adoption of watercolorist Paul Hadley’s work, which didn’t receive wide recognition for around 50 years.
The text on the marker will read:
At centennial of statehood in 1916, Indiana lacked a unique state flag. The Indiana DAR spearheaded a movement to create a design by hosting a state flag competition. Mooresville watercolorist and John Herron Art Institute instructor Paul Hadley submitted the winning design. The Indiana General Assembly adopted Hadley’s design in 1917, but it was not widely recognized by the public. Soldiers serving in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam requested flags as a symbol of home. Celebration of Indiana’s sesquicentennial in 1966 further established Hadley’s design as the official state flag and successfully encouraged its wider use and recognition.
Over 600 markers have been installed throughout the state over the years. The one for Hadley’s design will be located at the intersection of E. Main Street and Indiana Street in the Morgan County city.
You can read more about the history of the flag by clicking here.