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ALABAMA EMBLEMS, SYMBOLS AND HONORS

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Emblem/Symbol
Name of Emblem/Symbol
Date Adopted
grayball gif Bible
State Bible
1853
grayball gifGreat SealState map showing major rivers
1939
grayball gifFlag
Crimson Cross of St. Andrew/white field
1895
grayball gifBird
Yellowhammer
1927
grayball gifPoets Laureate
Alabama State Poets Laureate
1930-1999
grayball gifSong
Alabama
1933
grayball gifCoat of Arms of Alabama

1939
grayball gifMotto
We Dare Maintain Our Rights
1939
grayball gifCreed
Alabama's Creed
1953
grayball gifSalt Water Fish
(Fighting) Tarpon
1955
grayball gifFlower
Camellia
1959
grayball gifMineral
Hematite (Red Iron Ore)
1967
grayball gifRock
Marble
1969
grayball gifHorse
Racking Horse
1975
grayball gifFresh Water Fish
Largemouth Bass
1975
grayball gifGame Bird
Wild Turkey
1980
grayball gifAmerican Folk Dance of AL
Square Dance
1981
grayball gifNut
Pecan
1982
grayball gifFossil
Basilosaurus cetoides
1984
grayball gifRenaissance Faire
Florence Renaissance Faire
1988
grayball gifAlabama State Championship
Horse Show
1988
grayball gifOfficial Mascot & Butterfly
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
1989
grayball gifInsect
Monarch Butterfly
1989
grayball gifReptile
Alabama Red-bellied Turtle
1990
grayball gifGemstone
Star Blue Quartz
1990
grayball gifShell
Scaphella junonia johnstoneae
1990
grayball gifOutdoor Drama
William Gibson's The Miracle Worker
1991
grayball gifBarbecue Championship
Demopolis Christmas on the River Cook-off
1991
grayball gifAgricultural Museum
Dothan Landmarks Park
1992
grayball gifHorseshoe Tournament
Stockton Fall Horseshoe Tournament
1992
grayball.gifHistoric Theatre
AL Theatre for the Performing Arts
1993
grayball gifOutdoor Musical Drama
The Incident at Looney's Tavern
1993
grayball gifTree
Southern Longleaf Pine
1997
grayball gifSoil
Bama Soil Series
1997
grayball gifQuilt
Pine Burr Quilt
1997
grayball gifWildflower
Oak-leaf Hydrangea
1999
grayball gifAmphibian
Red Hills salamander
2000
grayball gifFruit
Blackberry
2004
*Spirit
Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey
2004
grayball gifMammal
Black Bear
2006
grayball gifTree Fruit
Peach
2006

Alabama does not have an official nickname. It is commonly referred to as "the Heart of Dixie" and that phrase has appeared on state automobile license plates since the 1950s, but it is not an official nickname. Alabama has also been known as the cotton state and the yellowhammer state.

In 2002 the phrase "Stars Fell on Alabama" began to appear on license plates. It refers to the night of November 12, 1833, when a fantastic meteor shower seen across the Southeast caused this night to be known as “the night stars fell on Alabama.” The shower created such great excitement across the state that it became a part of Alabama folklore and for years was used to date events. A century later it inspired a song and book.


Authorities:

Code of Alabama, 1975, (1998 Cumulative Supplement)

Information Section of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State of Alabama Official Symbols, April 10, 1990.

Alabama Department of Archives and History, Alabama State Emblems, n.d.



Updated: February 5, 2008
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Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435
E-Mail:Debbie.pendleton@archives.alabama.gov
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