Alabama Motto
We Dare Defend Our Rights
The state motto of Alabama is "We Dare Defend our Rights".

The idea for Alabama's state motto came from Marie Bankhead Owen of the Alabama Department of Archives and History while searching for a phrase to be put on the state coat of arms. The motto was inspired by a poem by the 18th-century author Sir William Jones which includes:

"What constitutes a state? . . . Men who their duties know, but know their rights, and knowing, dare maintain."

The motto was translated into Latin by Professor W. B. Saffold, of the University of Alabama.

Other mottos and slogans of Alabama:

  • Share the Wonder
  • Alabama the Beautiful
  • Where America Finds its Voice
  • Sweet Home Alabama
Some funny mottos and politically incorrect slogans of Alabama:
  • At Least We're not Mississippi
  • Got Teeth?
  • No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem
  • Yes, We Have Electricity
  • Like the Third World, but Closer!
  • Keeping it in the Family Since 1819
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