Morris Harris shown at his mother's tombstone in the Independent Lodge Cemetery in Darien. Prior to his coming to Stamford in 1915, Harris lived in New York. It was there in 1897 that he claimed to have designed the first Zionist flag for Hovevei Zion, an organization of which he was a member. He also claimed that his mother, Lena Harris, sewed the first Zion flag in America. Although Jewish encyclopedias credit others for the design, it was probably Harris's flag of Zion that was the first kind ever made in the United States.
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