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Alabama Official Emblems, Symbols, and Honors

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Emblem/Symbol
Name of Emblem/Symbol
Date Adopted
State Bible
1853
State map showing major rivers
1939
Crimson Cross of St. Andrew/white field
1895
Yellowhammer
1927
Alabama State Poets Laureate
1930
Alabama
1933
Eagles supporting shield with flags of countries that ruled Alabama
1939
We Dare Maintain Our Rights
1939
Alabama's Creed
1953
(Fighting) Tarpon
1955
Camellia
1959
Hematite (Red Iron Ore)
1967
Marble
1969
Racking Horse
1975
Largemouth Bass
1975
Wild Turkey
1980
American Folk Dance of AL
Square Dance
1981
Nut
Pecan
1982
Fossil
Basilosaurus cetoides
1984
Renaissance Faire
Florence Renaissance Faire
1988
Alabama State Championship
Horse Show
1988
Official Mascot & Butterfly
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
1989
Insect
Monarch Butterfly
1989
Reptile
Alabama Red-bellied Turtle
1990
Gemstone
Star Blue Quartz
1990
Shell
Scaphella junonia johnstoneae
1990
Outdoor Drama
William Gibson's The Miracle Worker
1991
Barbecue Championship
Demopolis Christmas on the River Cook-off
1991
Agricultural Museum
Dothan Landmarks Park
1992
Horseshoe Tournament
Stockton Fall Horseshoe Tournament
1992
Historic Theatre
AL Theatre for the Performing Arts
1993
Outdoor Musical Drama
The Incident at Looney's Tavern
1993
Tree
Southern Longleaf Pine
1997
Soil
Bama Soil Series
1997
Quilt
Pine Burr Quilt
1997
Wildflower
Oak-leaf Hydrangea
1999
Amphibian
Red Hills salamander
2000
Fruit
Blackberry
2004
Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey
2004
Black Bear
2006
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 6, 2014

http://www.archives.alabama.gov/emblems/emblems.html