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Alabama State Seal

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The Alabama State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Alabama  serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Heart of Dixie". The Alabama state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The spirit of the state is reflected in the Alabama state motto:

"We dare to
defend our rights"

The Alabama state seal identifies government buildings and officials. The symbolism, history and emblems of the seal are described in this article with fast facts and information.

Alabama State Seal


Facts on the Alabama State Seal
The men who designed the Great State seals were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design of the Alabama State Seal:

Alabama State Seal Facts
Fact 1: Designed in 1817 when Alabama Territory created
Fact 2: Designer: Governor William Wyatt Bibb

Fact 3: Adopted in 1819 when Alabama became a state (December 14, 1819 - 22nd state)

Fact 4: Revised in 1868 displaying an eagle after the Civil War

Fact 5: The original seal was restored in 1939,  approved by the Legislature and Governor Frank M. Dixon

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Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the Alabama State Seal
The description and meaning of the symbols, icons and emblems are as follows:

The seal displays a map and the nine major rivers of the State
It also shows the bordering states of Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi
The names of the nine major rivers are Tombigbee River, Alabama River, Tennessee River, Pea River, Coosa River, Tallapoosa River, Conecuh River, Cahaba River and the Black Warrior River

The rivers played an important role in the growth of the early economy in the region for the  transportation of goods. The construction of roads and railways made the role of the rivers less critical to the state's economy.

The Alabama, Tallapoosa and Coosa rivers were central to the original homeland of the Creek Native Americans

The seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The History of the Alabama Seal and motto
The design by Governor Bibb served as the official seal until 1868, when it was replaced by a controversial design, shown in the following flyer, featuring an eagle holding in its beak a banner that read "Here We Rest."

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