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Seal of Alabama

Alabama, in the southeastern United States, was admitted as the 22nd state of the union on December 14, 1819. This picture is a historical depiction of the coat of arms of Alabama, as illustrated by American engraver Henry Mitchell in State Arms of the Union, published in 1876 by Louis Prang. It depicts a bald eagle with wings raised, perching on a national shield with stars and stripes. The eagle's foot grasps three arrows and its beak holds a streamer with the motto "Here we rest", a reference to the state being known as "the land of rest". This design is also featured in the seal of Alabama, which was adopted on December 29, 1868.

Illustration credit: Henry Mitchell; restored by Andrew Shiva

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