Investigation finds that Alaska flag designer was 14, not 13

    Flag designed by Benny Benson

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska has issued a corrected birth certificate for the teenage designer of the Alaska flag after researchers looking into his heritage found records indicating he was born more than a year earlier than previously believed.

    The change means he designed it when he was 14, not 13. A judge last week ordered the state to issue a birth certificate for John Ben Benson Jr. with the birthdate of Sept. 12, 1912.

    The order followed a petition by a researcher among those studying Benson’s heritage. Benson is known as Benny Benson. He is believed to be the only Indigenous person to design a state flag.

     

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