The Bicentennial Cross of Alabama (large 15″)
The Heart of Alabama (large 15″)
Alabama is commonly called the “Heart of Dixie” and the phrase even appeared on state license plates in the 1950’s. Geographically located in the heart of the Deep South, Alabama is also a state whose residents exhibit extraordinary compassion towards neighbors in need. Fire, flood, famine, or tornado, Alabamians will always pull together to support and comfort one another. They are in fact a prime example of the Good Samaritan.
A powerful piece that makes an excellent gift for Christmas.
“A Cross for Alabama” features artwork representing the rural churches of Alabama, the state fleg, state bird, state flower, and the “Heart of Dixie.”
Please read the details below outline the signifigance and symbolism of the images used on the cross, all leading to Faith meeting State Pride!
All Crosses are 100% carved and printed in the U.S.A.
The Rural Church
The rural church has always been the center life in small cities and towns throughout the state of Alabama. Sunday school and worship services, Wednesday night potluck suppers, Decoration Day… all provide a firm anchor and a supportive community for members from cradle to grave. Community outreach originates from the churches: meals for the sick and shut-in, support for new parents, encouragement for maturing adolescents; whatever is essential for the good of all.
The Alabama State Flag
The Alabama State Flag was authorized by the Alabama Legislature on February 16, 1895, by Act number 383. According to the Acts of Alabama, 1895, the state flag was to be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white. The bars forming the cross were not to be less than six inches broad and were to extend diagonally across the flag from side to side. The act did not designate a square or a rectangular flag. The diagonal cross signifies the shape of the cross on which, traditionally, the apostle St. Andrew was crucified. It is also represented on the flag of Scotland. Many early immigrants to Alabama were Scots.It was traditional in the late nineteenth century to duplicate a flag as square.In 1987, the Office of the Alabama Attorney General issued an official opinion that the modern Alabama State Flag should be rectangular in shape.
The Alabama State Bird
The common flicker is the State Bird of Alabama. Alabama has been known as the “Yellowhammer State” since the Civil War. The yellowhammer nickname was applied to the Confederate soldiers from Alabama when a company of young cavalry soldiers from Huntsville, under the command of Rev. D.C. Kelly, arrived at Hopkinsville, KY, where Gen. Forrest’s troops were stationed. The officers and men of the Huntsville Company wore fine, new uniforms, whereas the soldiers who had long been on the battlefields were dressed in faded, worn uniforms. On the sleeves, collars and coattails of the new cavalry troop were bits of brilliant yellow cloth. As the company rode past Company A, Will Arnett cried out in greeting “Yellowhammer, Yellowhammer, flicker, flicker!” The greeting brought a roar of laughter from the men and from that moment the Huntsville soldiers were spoken of as the “yellowhammer company.” The term quickly spread throughout the Confederate Army and all Alabama troops were referred to unofficially as the “Yellowhammers.” When the Confederate Veterans in Alabama were organized they took pride in being referred to as the “Yellowhammers” and wore a yellowhammer feather in their caps or lapels during reunions. A bill introduced in the 1927 legislature by Representative Thomas E. Martin, Montgomery County, was passed and approved by Governor Bibb Graves on September 6, 1927.
The Alabama State Flower
In 1927 Representative T. E. Martin, of Montgomery County, introduced a bill in the Alabama Legislature making the goldenrod the state flower. This became law on September 6, 1927, the same day that the Yellowhammer became the state bird. On August 26, 1959, the state flower was changed to the camellia. Ladies in Butler County preferred the camellia since the goldenrod is a wildflower. They called the goldenrod a weed. Because there are several types of camellia, in June 1999, the Legislature designated that the camellia, Camellia japonica L., is the official state flower of Alabama. Greenville, Alabama is known as Camellia City. On the same day Alabama also chose a state wildflower (the Oak leaf Hydrangea) since the camellia is not a native plant.
The Heart of Alabama
Alabama is commonly called the “Heart of Dixie,” and the phrase even appeared on state license plates in the 1950’s. Geographically located in the heart of the Deep South, it is also a state whose residents exhibit extraordinary compassion towards neighbors in need. Fire, flood, famine, (or tornado), Alabamians will always pull together to support and comfort one another. They are in fact a prime example of the Good Samaritan.
|Dimensions||13.25 × 12.50 × 1.75 in|