State Emblem of Alabama

State Emblem of Alabama

A national/state emblem or symbol is the entity of a country or state. So each and every country or states have their own emblem. Alabama entered the Union in 1819, and then they have not their own emblem. In 1923 they made the state emblem of Alabama, which is legalize on 1939.

The state emblem of Alabama or the coat of arms of Alabama portrays a shield upon which are conceded the symbols of the five nations those have held sovereignty over a part or the whole of present Alabama. The flags of Spain, France, Great Britain, and the Confederacy are bound by the flag and shield of the United States. This shield is hold up on both sides by bald eagles, which is the symbol of courage. It also represents a ship on the top of the crest by which the French colonists brought to establish the first enduring European settlements in the state Alabama. “Audemus jura nostra defendere”, meaning “We dare defend our rights” the motto of Alabama shown above the state name in the beneath of the shield.

On March 14, 1939, the legislative Act No. 140, to legalize a state coat-of-arms was passed without a dissenting vote by both houses which were introduced by James Simpson, Jefferson County in the Alabama Legislature of 1939.

The Alabama coat-of-arms or state emblem of Alabama was design made in 1923 by B. J. Tieman, New York, an authority on heraldry, at the request of Marie Bankhead Owen, Director of the Department of Archives and History. Naomi Rabb Winston, Washington, DC, the completed design in oil painting few years later while Mrs. Owen selected the motto which was put into Latin by Professor W. B. Saffold, of the University of Alabama. The official action was taken by the legislature through the influence of Juliet Perry Dixon, wife of Governor Dixon.



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