Investigation Finds That Alaska Flag Designer Was 14, Not 13

The state of Alaska has issued a corrected birth certificate for the teenage designer of the Alaska flag.

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A state of Alaska flag flies outside the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, March 11, 2022. The state has issued a corrected birth certificate for Benny Benson, the teenager who won a design contest for the flag in 1927, meaning he was 14 and not 13 when came up with the design of the Big Dipper and the North Star on a simple field of blue. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska has issued a corrected birth certificate for the teenage designer of the Alaska flag after researchers who were looking into his heritage found records indicating he was born more than a year earlier than previously believed. The change means he designed the flag featuring the Big Dipper and the North Star on a simple field of blue when he was 14, not 13. Superior Court Judge Adolf…

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