Independent Now and Forever

On 11 January 1861, the Alabama Secession Convention passed a resolution designating a flag designed by a group of Montgomery women as their official flag. This flag has often been referred to as the Flag of the Republic of Alabama. On the obverse side of the flag is depicted the Goddess of Liberty holding in her right hand an unsheathed sword; in her left a small flag with one star. In an arch above this figure were the words “Independent Now and Forever.” On the reverse side of the flag was a cotton plant with a coiled rattlesnake. Beneath the cotton plant are the Latin words: “Noli Me Tangere” (Touch Me Not). This flag was flown until 10 February 1861, when it was removed to the Governor’s Office after having been damaged by severe weather. It was never flown again.

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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