The Alabama license plates on which Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and her state legislature have been battling over how to pay for a new light-switch plate were designed to highlight the state’s history of fighting for civil rights and voting rights.
The plates are being sold at the Walmart store on Interstate 35 near the state capitol in Montgomery.
“The license plates are a great way to bring people together in a very powerful way and demonstrate that Alabama is still committed to our values,” Ivey said in a statement.
“These plates are designed to show the people of Alabama’s history and to raise awareness of our work in the fight for civil and voting equality.”
The state has long pushed for a plate that would display a historical link to the fight to create a voting rights law in the state.
Ivey introduced a bill to remove the state flag from the license plate.
That bill failed to gain enough votes in the legislature to pass.
The state’s legislative leadership has said the plates should be removed because they don’t accurately reflect Alabama’s progress on voting rights, and because of a lack of enforcement.
The Republican governor said that “we must stand for freedom, justice, and equality for all Americans.”