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Alabama State Seal

Alabama's great seal - click to see all state seals
Alabama's great seal. See All State Seals - National Seal.

Designed in 1817 by the first governor of the Alabama Territory (William Wyatt Bibb), the great seal of Alabama displays the major rivers of the state. The seal design is a map of the Alabama and surrounding territories (now states). When Alabama became a state in 1819, this seal became the official state seal and remained unchanged for over 50 years.

In 1868 (after the Civil War) a new seal was created with an eagle standing on the American shield holding a banner in its beak reading Here We Rest. This seal design was used on official documents and letterheads from 1868 - 1939. In 1939 a bill was approved by the Alabama Legislature and Governor Frank M. Dixon to restore the original seal.

Alabama state seal - click to see all state seals
Alabama state seal (public domain image on Wikipedia).
See All State Seals - National Seal.
Source:
The Alabama Great Seal: Alabama Archives & History
Alabama Emblems & Symbols: Alabama Archives & History
Kids Symbols & Emblems: AL Archives & History
Fun Facts - Alabama Emblems: Alabama Secretary of State
Links:
All State Seals - National Seal

    

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Alabama Symbols & Icons:

bird - game bird 
mammal - horse show
marine mammal - horse
fish-marine fish
reptile-amphibian
butterfly-insect
flower-shell
wildflower-soil
fruit -nut - spirit
tree-tree fruit
gemstone-rock
fossil-mineral
  

flag - seal
coat of arms
name - motto
nicknames
dance - quarter
song-poets
theatre - bible
drama-musical
museum
quilt - creed
fair- tournament
championship

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