The Alabama State Flag was adopted in February of 1895. The flag has a red cross on a white background with the cross reaching into each corner of the flag.
The cross is known as a saltire and the St Andrew cross. The flag was designed with the Confederate Battle flag in mind. The flag is the only one that is square and not rectangular. The cross bars must be six inches wide.
The colors of Alabama flag represent purity and courage and the cross represents the battle flag. The Confederate Flag was flown before the flag that represents Alabama today.
Alabama had left the Union in 1861 and used the Confederate flag, but when the state joined the Union in 1895 again, it needed to adopt a new flag for a new start. Even dough, it is simple, Alabama flag represents the freedom of the state that was the 22nd state admitted in 1819.