General background about the Alabama Flag
ALABAMA STATE 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
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.
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.