Missouri State Flag celebrates 106th birthday, has Cape Girardeau origin

MO flag turns 106

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri State Flag is 106-years-old on Friday, March 22.

At Cape Girardeau’s Oliver-Lemming home, Marie Oliver created the tri-color flag with two bears that is now recognized as a symbol of Missouri.

Local historians say when Oliver learned the state did not have its own flag she went to work to create one.

“Marie Oliver is the Betsy Ross of Missouri,” said SEMO Historian Dr. Joel Rhodes when interviewed in 2013 during the flag’s centennial. “She thought it would be a good idea for the state have one so she took it upon herself to do research and put some hard work into it. Then it took several years for the flag to be adopted by the State of Missouri and finally on March 22, 1913 the flag became the official flag of Missouri.”

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