Alabama Symbols, Emblems, and Honors
Official Alabama State Song: Alabama
The words of the state song, Alabama, were written by Julia S. Tutwiler. She was a famous educator and humanitarian from Alabama. The music, written by Mrs. Edna Gockel Gussen of Birmingham, was adopted by the legislature as the official state song. The bill was introduced by the Hon. Tyler Goodwyn of Montgomery, and was approved by Governor B. M. Miller.
The inspiration for the poem Alabama came to Julia Tutwiler after she returned back to Alabama from visiting and studying in Germany. She liked German patriotic songs and thought that it would be good for the people of Alabama to have a patriotic song.
Act 31-126, Acts of Alabama, March 9, 1931
Alabama State Emblems, Alabama Department of Archives and History, nd.
Updated: January 25, 2010