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Origin of Our Chapter Name

Each DAR chapter has a unique historical name. The Joanna Troutman Chapter is named for the "Betsy Ross of Texas".

Joanna Troutman, a Georgia teenager in 1835, designed a flag of white silk, bearing a blue, five-pointed star and two inscriptions: "Liberty or Death" on the front and, in Latin, "Where Liberty dwells there is my country" on the reverse. She presented the flag to the Georgia Battalion, commanded by Col. William Ward, as they traveled to assist Texas in her fight for independence. The Troutman flag was unfurled first in Velasco on January 8, 1836, then it was carried to Goliad, Texas, where on March 8, 1836, it became the first flag to fly over an independent Texas. Many believe the flag designed by Joanna Troutman, was the beginning of Texas being known as The Lone Star State.

A bronze statue by Pompeo L. Coppini was erected at her burial site in the Texas State Cemetery and her portrait hangs in the state capital in Austin, Texas.

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