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My impression of Alabama city flags, with the exception of Mobile, Montgomery, and Ozark, is that if there is a perceived need for a city flag the community simply resorts to the time-honored practice of putting the city seal on a bed sheet. I have not described the various civic and municipal seals of Alabama as separate flags. In other words, apparently all the Alabama civic seals which I have described below are in effect nascent municipal flags.
Ron Lahav, 20 March 2004


Website at shows a city seal.
Ron Lahav, 5 February 2003


The website at shows a city seal consisting of a heraldic shield or depicting a sailing ship argent cupped in two hands of the same, the whole surmounted by the Scales of Justice or, with an illegible blazon and date azure, all surrounded by a double circle azure fimbriated doubly gules, with six blossoms (unclear) arranged crescent fashion three on each side, the words City of at the top of the inner circle and Albertville, Alabama at the bottom, both azure.
Ron Lahav, 5 February 2004

This description threw me for a loop. Albertville sits on top of the 1000 foot (330 meter) high ridge known as Sand Mountain. The nearest body of water capable of accommodating anything resembling a sailing ship is Guntersville Lake, more than 10 miles (16 km) away. So why a sailing ship? Answer: I think what is being cupped by the two hands on the shield is instead a stylized representation of a group of people--the symbolism presumably being that the city protects and cares for the citizens.
Joe McMillan, 6 February 2004

Alexander City

On the city website at the city seal appears to be attached to some sort of flag-like drawing.
Ron Lahav, 5 February 2004


Andalusia uses a diagonally divided blue (upper fly) over red (lower hoist) flag with the city seal on it -
Dov Gutterman, 23 October 2002


I found a photo of the flag of Arab at It is white with a blue rim, and the name prominently written.
Valentin Poposki, 4 October 2005


Attalla has the state flag on its seal -
Dov Gutterman, 23 October 2002

City seal in circular format consisting of two concentric circles. Outer circle ochre fimbriated black. At top of outer circle City of Attalla in large black capital letters; at bottom Founded 1870 in smaller capitals. Inner circle consists of a landscape bisected with a highway argent marked black; alongside the highway are several symbols representing agriculture and industry, but they are too indistinct for me. In chief is a sky azure, bisected in dexter by the Alabama state flag. All in all, a very complicated but effective seal.
Ron Lahav, 6 February 2004


Based on their web page, Birmingham does not appear to have a city flag. The Web Site contains a simple black and white line drawing of the municipal seal, which is in circular format and depicts a plowed field dominated by a statue of Vulcan (the official symbol of the city, reflecting its industrial heritage, as does the fact that it is named after Birmingham, England). In the background is an urban cityscape.
Ron Lahav, 6 February 2004


The city of Boaz is named after the Biblical figure of Boaz, who appears in the Book of Ruth as the eventual husband of Naomi and who is considered in Jewish tradition to be either the grandfather or great-grandfather of King David. The city seal of Boaz appears on a separate page within the municipal Web Site, in both a coloured format and a black and white line drawing. Heraldically the seal is in circular format, consisting of a solid concentric circle azure surrounding a scene symbolic of the community. In the foreground is a plowed field of the last with what are termed 'heads of grain' in the seal description. In the middle ground is an urban cityscape of the last, silhouetted against three mountain peaks drawn in outline. Above the central peak (Sand Mountain), is a rising sun or, above which is a blazon on a ribbon gules. In the very foreground is the date 1897 of the last. Within the concentric circle are the words City of argent at the top and Boaz, Alabama of the same at the bottom. Along the sides of the circle are two wheat sheaves bowed or.

All in all, a very busy device for what appears to be a busy little town. Somebody has obviously given some serious thought to the design of the seal as well as to the composition of the explanatory text, which appears underneath the depictions of the seal on its separate page and which reads as follows:

The sun rises over Sand Mountain, symbolizing a new day and a new era for this city, which is so rich in the history of Sand Mountain and the Northeast Alabama Region. Silhouetted in this 'new dawn' are the myriad elements which characterize Boaz, beginning in the foreground with its founding in 1897 out of a pioneer spirit in an agrarian society and progressively moving through foresight and diligent labor to the modern-day City of Boaz. The silhouette of the 'New Boaz' encompasses the many significant facets of this progressive community - including business, industry, education, religion, patriotism, and quality of life - all a part of the rich traditions of the city. The heads of grain symbolize the fruits of these elements, in terms of growth and prosperity for the community and for its citizens and their families. And surrounding it all is a city government dedicated to tradition, justice and progress. The banner which is unfurled over this scene heralds the Latin phraseology best summarizing the story of Boaz:

Ron Lahav, 10 February 2004


The web page ( shows the municipal seal which depicts a rich history. The seal exists as a black and white line drawing in a standard circular format. It consists of two concentric circles with the date 1540 in between the two circles at the bottom, the whole surrounding a a Castilian plumed helmet of the 15th Century, the same superimposed upon a sword and a halberd crossed saltire, the sword with hilt to dexter and the halberd with head to sinister.

The History Page of the Municipal Web Site claims that Childersburg is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, having already been a settlement of the Coosa Indians when the Spanish explorer Hernán de Soto (Hernando de Soto) arrived there in 1540. He left teN members of his party there when he departed, giving rise to Childersburg's claim to antiquity.
Ron Lahav, 10 February 2004


The municipal website ( shows a standard circular format seal consisting of a field or encircled by two concentric circles fimbriated black, the fimbriation on the outer circle much thicker than on the inner one. Within the whole and following exactly the inner fimbriation are what appear to be a number of very small mullets (details unclear) also black. In the centre of the field is an American bald eagle perched with wings partly spread and facing sinister of the same, with an illegible blazon in chief. Beneath the eagle are three small mullets (number of points illegible), while within the rings of the concentric circles are the words in capital letters CITY OF CLANTON at the top and CLAYTON COUNTY, ALABAMA at the bottom, with a mullet of five at both dexter and sinister, all black.
Ron Lahav, 10 February 2004


Seal in standard circular format. Outer ring gules with SEAL OF THE CITY OF DAPHNE, ALABAMA in capital letters argent at top and JUBILEE CITY same argent at bottom; the two words at bottom are separated by a stylized fish of the same. At lower dexter and sinister are what appear to be two stylized laurel leaves ('daphne' is the ancient Greek word for laurel). The whole encompasses a square building brick red in colour, roofed and windowed argent and shuttered black, in front of which is a flagstaff black from which is hoisted a United States flag rippling dexter, the same on a lawn vert containing an oak tree leaved and trunked proper with two indistinct figures underneath. Above all is a sky azure, and in the foreground a small stream, also azure but in a deeper shade. A representation of this seal can be seen affixed to the wall of the City Council chamber over the heads of the council members, on this same page.
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Ron Lahav, 10 February 2004


Based on the web page at, Decatur seems to have a logo. It consists of the stylised word 'Decatur', written between two parallel lines, with the lines running through the capital letter 'D' at the beginning of the word. The remainder of the word is placed between the two lines, with ALABAMA in small capitals beneath the bottom line.
Ron Lahav, 13 February 2004

At the home page are several partial pictures of the Decatur seal. The device is a portrait of Commodore Stephen Decatur, the early U.S. naval hero after whom the city is named. Also, on the photograph of Decatur Hospital is a white flag with what appears to be a yellow seal with the design on it in a dark color, possibly black.
Joe McMillan, 15 February 2004


The municipal seal is only available in a black and white line drawing on their web page at It consists of what appear to be two sheaves of grain forming the outer ring of a concentric circle. At the bottom these sheaves are linked by a thin fimbriation, but there is a small open space at the top, thus making this an imperfect circle. Between the first and second rings of these circles is written OFFICIAL SEAL in large capitals; this is separated from the bottom of the seal by two dots, and beneath these in smaller capitals are the words CITY OF DOTHAN, ALABAMA. The inner circle is divided into three triangular sections: the section to the left contains a cotton boll, that to the right two interconnected gear wheels, and at the bottom a Lamp of Learning, with a flame issuing from the top. As the depiction of the seal on the Dothan Web Site is in black and white, it is difficult to determine whether the three triangular sections and the devices depicted on them are in fact coloured, although my hunch is that they are. The three devices reflect the traditions of the city - the cotton boll the agricultural tradition, centered around cotton growing; the cogwheels represent the industrial heritage of the city; while the bottom triangle exemplifies the city's commitment to education.
Ron Lahav, 13 February 2004


Web page at shows a standard concentric circular format seal with double outer fimbriation. The outer ring is in black and white with CITY OF FAIRHOPE in large capital letters at top and ALABAMA at bottom. The innermost circle is in colour, depicting a scene on Mobile Bay with three sailboats on the bay itself in the middle distance, two to the right and one to the left, all outlined in black. The waters of the bay are a deep blue, fimbriated in black and drawn so as to give the appearance of waves. Over this scene is a cerulean blue sky, while at the top of the circle is a large golden sun, partially obscured by a thin white ribbon of cloud; the outer edge of the sun almost touches the top of the inner circle. In the foreground is a white gull with wings extended, outlined in black and facing to the right; the tips of its wings extend into the space between the two concentric circles.
Ron Lahav, 13 February 2004


The city seal can be found on the home page of the Florence Police Department ( This page also shows both the U.S. and Alabama flags displayed from a staff in front of Police Headquarters. It consists of a cityscape with a rising(?) sun behind.
Ron Lahav, 18 February 2004


The municipal seal is displayed on the home page of the municipal web site ( However, it is too small for me to make out many details other than it seems to consist of a lake with a small sailboat on it, with a blazon (illegible) on a ribbon running diagonally dexter to sinister across the base.
Ron Lahav, 21 February 2004


Hueytown has no less then three flags on its seal. The S&S and two chequered racing flags (
Dov Gutterman, 23 October 2002

The racing flags allude to the Allison family of Hueytown, famous drivers on the NASCAR stock car racing circuit for many years.
Joe McMillan, 24 October 2002


A small impression of the municipal seal is to be found on the home page (, while a much larger one can be seen on  It shows a space shuttle against a starry background, reflecting Huntsville's importance as one of the centres of the U.S. aerospace industry. No flag is shown.
Ron Lahav, 25 February 2004


No municipal seal is found on the home page (, but there is a photo of the Irondale City Hall showing three flagstaffs with the U.S. and Alabama flags plus a third flag which is indistinct and may be the municipal flag.
Ron Lahav, 25 February 2004


The Web Site of the local Chamber of Commerce there is a full-colour representation of Jackson's city seal. It is directly underneath a photo of City Hall, and the seal itself appears to be made either of cast iron or some ceramic material, suggesting that it might be affixed in some manner to City Hall.
Ron Lahav, 25 February 2004


A large version of municipal seal is on the municipal web site. Seal is in contrasting shades of green, with city motto in outer ring of seal. The inner ring of the seal features a wide variety of objects supposedly emblematic of the community, all drawn in bright primary colors. Included are a river, a handshake, two gears, two dramatic masks, an apple, drafting equipment, a house and a tree.
Ron Lahav, 25 February 2004


Marion uses the state flag and CSA flag behind a formal building and the date 1822 on its seal
Dov Gutterman, 23 October 2002


On, a city seal of the kind we have come to recognize as symbolic (or perhaps symptomatic!) of some types of contemporary American heraldry.
Ron Lahav, 25 February 2004
[The village has since redesigned its website, and appears to have removed all graphics.]


On, a black and white line drawing of city seal - straightforward and relatively uncluttered showing a waterwheel in a forest setting.
Ron Lahav, 25 February 2004


On the municipal seal is displayed. A circular framework contains a coat of arms, but it is far too small and indistinct for me to identify any elements.
Ron Lahav, 3 March 2004

It's simply the state coat of arms surrounded by a ring bearing the city's own name, etc.
Joe McMillan, 3 March 2004


On the city seal is displayed on Home Page. Simply an open circle containing the city name and the words 'Corporate Seal.' Not much symbolism there!
Ron Lahav, 3 March 2004


Web page at displays the municipal seal by itself and also on highway marker in rapid flash a photography sequence. It consists of a green map of Alabama, a red star locating Opp, inside a golden ring with Opp - Alabama and Founded 1901 on it.
Ron Lahav, 6 March 2004


Web page at displays the municipal seal at the top of the page, showing cross roads beneath a map of Alabama.
Ron Lahav, 6 March 2004


Web page at shows the municipal seal with an outline map of Alabama, the word Pelham written in an elaborate script over it, surrounded by a double ring. A photo of City Hall shows only the U.S. and Alabama flags flying.
Ron Lahav, 6 March 2004

Phenix City

Web page at shows the Phenix City arms reproduced on the shoulder patch of the Phenix City Police Department, which is rectangular in shape and which has the arms depicted on a map of Alabama, which is itself nearly rectangular in shape, with only Baldwin and Mobile Counties dangling down at the left, so to speak.
Ron Lahav, 6 March 2004


No actual municipal Web site found. The municipal seal was found on the Home Page of a local business enterprise website. The seal is incorporated into the city logo, and because of this any details are indistinguishable.
Ron Lahav, 6 March 2004


The city seal of Roanoke, Alabama, is at It is an outline map of the state inside a wreath with the location of Roanoke marked on it.
Ron Lahav, 12 March 2004


Web site at shows a very impressive municipal seal in gold, purple, and white displaying a cityscape and the motto "Gateway to Progress".
Ron Lahav, 13 March 2004


Based on, the municipal seal is of vexillological interest as it depicts crossed U.S. and Alabama flags over a landscape, with a two-lane blacktop highway and a single-track railway line disappearing into the far distance (and seeming to merge), with an indecipherable object/figure in the foreground.
Ron Lahav, 13 March 2004


Web page at shows a very large clear image of municipal seal displaying a bridge over water. At the top of the page are two waving U.S. and Alabama flags - it is doubtful a city flag exists. Photo on home page of City Hall shows one flagstaff with U.S. flag flying above Alabama flag.
Ron Lahav, 13 March 2004


Web page at has a very clear depiction of the civic seal on the City Government page. It shows a red outline map of Alabama, with radiating lines from the location of Sylacauga, placed on a blue double ring.
Ron Lahav, 13 March 2004


Web page at shows no actual civic seal; instead, a formal coat of arms in a bronze shade. The shield is quartered, but it is very difficult to make out details because the city name is superimposed on it. The upper right-hand quarter appears to consist of  the Alabama state flag, while the lower left is a date 1839(?), presumably when the city was founded. Beneath the shield is the word TALLADEGA, while there are two U.S.(?) flags mantling it and some sort of crest above.
Ron Lahav, 17 March 2004


At the bottom of the page at is a full achievement of arms, with shield, blazon, mantling, and crest. Unfortunately this appears only as a line drawing with no information as to coloring. The shield bears a letter T, 5 arrowheads, and a winged device. Furthermore, a fountain, which is apparently a local landmark, appears as a logo on the Home Page.
Ron Lahav, 17 March 2004


The page at shows a civic seal consisting of a stylized head of a Trojan warrior in black and gold, with the name of the city in gold inside a narrow golden circle, all on a blue field.
Ron Lahav, 17 March 2004


The page at shows a civic seal with a black and white line drawing of what appears to be a local landscape with one of the two city mottos, 'Gateway to Happy Living', in the sky over the landscape, while the second motto, 'City With a Future' is at the bottom of the outer ring of the circular seal.
Ron Lahav, 17 March 2004


Website at shows the civic seal on the Home Page of the municipal Web Site. It is in the usual circular format, with the inner circle quartered as follows: upper left, on a red field a cotton boll outlined in white; upper right, on a white field the Administration Building of the University of Alabama in black. The fields of the two bottom quarters are reversed, but I am unable to interpret the emblems. The main campus of the University of Alabama and the headquarters of the university system are both located in Tuscaloosa, hence its appearance on the municipal seal.
Ron Lahav, 20 March 2004


Website at shows the civic seal in the form of a logo in an irregular circular format. The logo itself is in black, and depicts what appears to be a live oak tree attached to the ring itself. Underneath the logo are the words 'TREE CITY USA.' in capital letters.
Ron Lahav, 20 March 2004

The seal (image can be seen here) carries the name of our city "Valley Alabama" on the outside ring. It also is labeled with the date the city was legally incorporated - May 20, 1980. We incorporated four textile mill villages - Fairfax, Langdale, River View and Shawmut - into the city of Valley. The seal carries the names of the four mill villages on the inner circle shaped as a ribbon. On the interior are three sections. The section with the factory and a spinning wheel represents the textile industry which created the four towns for the workers who worked in the four mills that were at the center of each town. The section with a church, a house, and the sun represents our close knit family and religious (predominantly Southern Baptist) community life. The last section shows geese, an Alabama map with a star that marks the approximate location of Valley, and a jumping fish. These symbols represent the rich wildlife and natural features relating to the Chattahoochee River. The Chattahoochee forms the border between Alabama and Georgia. It also is the eastern border of Valley. So, the three sections represent those factors most important to our citizens - industry, community and nature.
Arnold Leak, Mayor of City of Valley, 28 March 2004

Vestavia Hills

Website at shows an interesting example of civic heraldry. The civic seal is in the usual circular format, with the center being light blue in color. On it is a representation of the Temple of Sibyl (a local landmark) in gold; a photograph of the Temple is also prominently displayed on the Home Page. At the upper left of the Temple appear to be two dogwood blossoms in white and stemmed and leaved green, while at the lower left and lower right of the Temple are two small five-pointed golden stars fimbriated in dark blue. Beneath the Temple is the red-white-blue shield marking the receipt of an All-America City award. Beneath the chief of this shield is a yellow pale with an indecipherable slogan written in miniscule dark blue. The name of the city is written in small dark blue capitals at the top of the outer ring of the seal, while at the lower right and lower left are two small blue dots, with the state name ALABAMA also written in small dark blue capitals at the bottom of the ring.
Ron Lahav, 20 March 2004