Each of the 50 states of the United States of America has a distinct flag that gives us a glimpse into its rich history. While some citizens may see their flag as a piece of cloth that happens to represent their home-state, others believe that they are of high significance, and go as far as to consider them sacred.
Nevertheless, considering the unique nature in which the country was founded, the stories behind each flag will leave you in awe pondering, how did fifty ‘mini-countries’, holding vastly different ideologies at times, eventually unite to create the great empire as we know it today!?
Ready to test your knowledge? Read on to find out the story behind your state’s flag.
People from Alabama already know that quite a few historic figures grew up under this state’s flag. Like, Helen Keller, the first deaf and blind person to earn a college degree, and Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist, best known for her central role in the Montgomery bus boycott.
On February 16, 1895, 76 years after Alabama joined the Union, it finally came time for Sweet Home Alabama to officially adopt their own flag. They decided to go for a “crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white” (characteristic of the Confederate flag). According to the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the flag’s design was intended to “preserve in permanent form some of the more distinctive features of the Confederate battle flag,”.
Alabama’s flag is also on the (short) list of state flags that don’t include the color blue. You’ll understand how rare that is as you read on. The other three states are California, Maryland, and New Mexico.