Official Symbols and Emblems of Alabama

Alabama Secession Convention Flag

"Noli Me Tangere" (Touch Me Not)



The Secession Convention Flag


On January 11, 1861, leading up to the Civil War, a group of Montgomery women designed a flag for the Alabama Secession Convention.


One side of the flag displayed the Goddess of Liberty holding a sword in her right hand and a small flag with one star in her left hand. In an arch above this figure were the words "Independent Now and Forever."


On the other 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 February 10, 1861, when it was removed after it was damaged by severe weather.


It was never flown again.


Alabama State Emblems, Alabama Department of Archives and History, nd.


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Updated: Updated: February 6, 2014