“Union, Justice, and Confidence” Is The Official State Motto of Louisiana. It’s not known how the motto was determined, but Governor Heard considered these three words to be the most important aspects of statehood. The meaning behind the Louisiana State Motto may be recognized in the official State Pledge of Allegiance, adopted in 1981 and recorded in the Louisiana Revised Statutes.
Territorial and 1812 State Governor William C.C. Claiborne was instrumental in the emergence of the Brown Pelican of the Louisiana Gulf Coast as an icon of the state. He greatly admired the birds that would tear their own flesh to offer their young rather than allow them to go hungry. His respect caused him to begin to use the bird on official documents of the Territory of Orleans and the State of Louisiana.
Through the years, many different versions of the present seal were used, all depicting the state bird and its young. The Louisiana Revised Statutes specify that the Governor of the State of Louisiana shall determine the design of the official state seal. In 1902, in order to standardize a design for the seal, Governor William Wright Heard instructed the Secretary of State to use a seal described as:
“A Pelican, with its head, turned to the left, in the nest with three young; the Pelican, following the tradition in act of tearing its breast to feed its young; around the edge of the seal to be inscribed ‘State of Louisiana’. Over the head of the Pelican to be inscribed ‘Union, Justice’, and under the Pelican to be inscribed ‘Confidence’.”
The description of the seal included the State Motto of Louisiana, Union, Justice, Confidence. This seal was adopted on April 30, 1902.
About the Louisiana State Motto
It’s not known how the motto was determined, but certainly, Governor Heard considered these three words to be the most important aspects of statehood. The meaning behind the motto may be recognized in the official State Pledge of Allegiance, adopted in 1981 and recorded in the Louisiana Revised Statutes.