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General background about the Alabama Flag

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Alabama's state flag features the crimson cross of St. Andrew set against a field of white. The crimson lines extend diagonally across the flag from side to side and are not to be less than 6" broad (on official flags).

  • MOTTO: "We Dare Defend Our Rights"
  • ENTERED UNION: Dec. 14, 1819
  • FLAG ADOPTED: February 16, 1895
  • COMMENTS: It is one of the simplest designs of all the state flags. The design is patterned after that of the Confederate Battle Flag and is a reminder of Alabama's independent roots.


The original 'Republic of Alabama' state flag flew until it was damaged in a storm and removed from its staff and moved to the Governor's office on February 10, 1861. The flag was soon after replaced with a Confederate flag. During the Civil War two Confederate flags were flown at the Capitol after removing the U.S. Stars and Stripes. After the Civil War one of the Confederate Flags was removed and the U.S. Flag was returned to its proper place, next to the state's Confederate Flag. In 1895 the Confederate Flag was removed and the current redesigned 'official' state flag has flown in its place ever since.


Alabama State Flag
State Flag, Alabama




  • Twice as much earth was moved to build the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway than during the construction of the Panama Canal.
  • In 1955 Alabama became the first state to have a state-owned television station.
  • The first rocket that put humans on the moon was built by workers in Alabama.
  • Dismals Canyon, a few miles south of Russellville, has natural bridges, waterfalls, and one of the few stands of virgin forest east of the Mississippi River. Aaron Burr used the area as a hideout for several months.
  • Alabama in 1861 was the first to design and fly the Confederate Flag.
  • George Washington Carver, a freed slave who helped revolutionize the economy of the South through his experiments with peanuts, soybeans, cotton, and sweet potatoes, was the director of agricultural research at the Tuskegee Institute.


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