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Alabama State Motto

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Alabama geology and topography map courtesy of USGS:
A Tapestry of Time and Terrain

"We Dare Defend our Rights"

The idea for Alabama's state motto came from Marie Bankhead Owen of the Alabama Department of Archives and History while searching for a phrase to be put on the state coat of arms (completed in 1923). The motto was inspired by a poem by the 18th-century author Sir William Jones which includes the stanza,

"What constitutes a state? . . .
Men who their duties know,
but know their rights,
and knowing, dare maintain."

The motto was translated into Latin by Professor W. B. Saffold, of the University of Alabama (Audemus jura nostra defendere).

Source:
Kids Symbols & Emblems: Alabama Archives & History
Links:
State Mottos - 50 States

    

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Alabama Symbols & Icons:

bird - game bird 
mammal - horse show
marine mammal - horse
fish-marine fish
reptile-amphibian
butterfly-insect
flower-shell
wildflower-soil
fruit -nut - spirit
tree-tree fruit
gemstone-rock
fossil-mineral
  

flag - seal
coat of arms
name - motto
nicknames
dance - quarter
song-poets
theatre - bible
drama-musical
museum
quilt - creed
fair- tournament
championship

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