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Alabama State Flag

Alabama state flag - click to see all state flags
Alabama and U.S. flags flying on ferry in Alabama; photo by Lee Harkness on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Alabama's state flag is simply a crimson cross on a field of white (patterned after the Confederate battle flag). The Alabama legislation does not specify whether the flag should be square or rectangular (only that the bars be at least 6 inches broad), and it is seen both ways.

Alabama Flag Salute:

Flag of Alabama I salute thee.
To thee I pledge my allegiance,
my service, and my life.

Alabama license plate-click to see all state flags, seals, & more!
Red and white Alabama license plate - photo © Norm Russo

The original flag of the "Republic of Alabama" (approved by the Alabama Secession Convention in 1861) was very different. Designed by a group of Montgomery Alabama women, it featured the Goddess of Liberty and the words "Independent Now and Forever" on one side - Secession Convention Flag Side 1. The other side displayed a cotton plant and a coiled rattlesnake with the Latin words, "NOLI ME TANGERE" (Touch Me Not) - Secession Convention Flag Side 2. This flag was removed after only one month due to damage by severe weather, and was never flown again.

From 1861 to 1865, a Confederate National flag was flown in Alabama. After the end of the Civil War, the United States flag was flown at official occasions until 1895, when the present Alabama State Flag was authorized.

Source:
Official symbols & emblems of Alabama : AL Archives
Links:
Confederate Battle Flag: Smithsonian
Confederate National Flag: Civil War @ Smithsonian
State Flags - 50 states - National Flag

    

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