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December 5, 2019 Rachel Blakeslee


Benny Benson, a seventh grader who lived at the Jesse Lee Home for Children in Seward, won a contest for the design of Alaska’s territorial flag. The flag contains eight stars of gold on a field of blue, which represents the North Star and the constellation of the Big Dipper known as the Great Bear.



  1. Benny Benson, Alaska State Library (Alaska State Library Portrait Collection, P01-1921)
  2. Benny Benson lived at the Jesse Lee Home, which was built in 1925 in Seward. (Resurrection Bay Historical Society