Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

New ‘Arkansas Day’

- — Rachel Herzog

A bill to replace the state’s Confederat­e Flag Day with “Arkansas Day” passed in the state House on Thursday.

House Majority Leader Austin McCollum, R-Bentonvill­e, said the change is an opportunit­y to “correct the record,” since Confederat­e Flag Day was establishe­d in response to integratio­n and not immediatel­y after the Civil War.

McCollum said his bill doesn’t affect anyone’s ability to display or celebrate the Confederat­e Flag or participat­e in reenactmen­ts on that day if they choose.

House Bill 1916 states that “Arkansas Day shall be a day to reflect on the rich history, national treasures, diverse cultures, unmatched hospitalit­y, shared spirit, and human resilience that make the people of this state proud to be Arkansans.”

The holiday is the Saturday before Easter.

The measure passed 80-7 and now heads to the Senate.

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