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Paul Hadley

 (1880 - 1971)
Paul Hadley was active/lived in Indiana.  Paul Hadley is known for African-American figure painting, murals, teaching.

Paul Hadley

Biography from Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers, Inc.

…Dedicated citizens of the state found many creative ways to answer this question.  One of the most lasting was a competition to create a state banner, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.  A Mooresville artist, Paul Hadley, submitted the winning design.

Born in Indianapolis, Paul Hadley studied under Otto Stark at Manual Training School in Indianapolis.  Later, he attended the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Arts in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts.  He first concentrated on designing church windows and then spent ten years in interior decorating.

He taught at the Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis for ten years.  As an artist, he specialized in painting murals in homes using rural Indiana scenes as his theme.

His banner design for the state banner features a torch in the center, which stands for liberty and enlightenment. The rays represent the far-reaching influence of these ideas.  An outer circle of 13 stars stands for the original 13 states.  Five stars in a semi-circle represent the states admitted to
the union prior to Indiana.  The larger star above the torch stands for the nineteenth state, Indiana.

The Indiana General Assembly officially adopted the banner in 1917.  The selection was the concluding act by the General Assembly in commemorating the centennial of the state. The addition of the word "Indiana" was the only change from Hadley's original design. The name was changed from "banner" to "flag" by the 1955 General assembly.  The law regarding the state flag can be found in Indiana Code 1-2-2. By law, the state flag is always to be displayed to the right of the American flag, as viewed by the observer

Submitted by Angela Lawson, Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers, Inc.

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About  Paul Hadley

Born:  1880 - Indianapolis, Indiana
Died:   1971
Known for:  African-American figure painting, murals, teaching