City Changes Official Seal

Published: Jul. 2, 2002 at 9:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2002 at 6:27 PM CDT
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Before the actual vote was taken today, it was clear the city council was ready to give its stamp of approval on the new seal. No objections.. no last minute controversy.

"Overall, this is a great combination," says Councilman Charles Jinright. Fellow councilman Charles Smith agreed. "It was a good compromise. It preserves the seal we have," Smith says.

Councilman Willie Cook called for a vote. It was unanimous. All in favor of adding "Birthplace of Civil Rights." The council later voted to add the word 'movement' at the end. The new logo was drawn up and submitted by Gloria Mann, a retired administrator in Montgomery. An ad hoc committee picked her design out of 78 recommendations.

"I'm really surprised," says Mann. "I think today in the meeting I realized how significant it was. This is my little part to help, I guess," says Mann.

Pushing for a change took a little longer than Councilman Willie Cook had expected. He wanted something different because he said the current seal, which contains the phrase, "Cradle of the Confederacy," offended him. Still, Cook is extremely happy with the vote.

"By changing our seal and adding the words 'birthplace of civil rights movement' does nothing but enhance our city and our image," says Councilman Cook.

Mayor Bobby Bright says the changes to the seal, letterheads and things like police badges will be phased in over a period of about 6 months. The mayor says the cost of changing the seal will be relatively inexpensive between $100 to $200.