This seal is the official emblem of the City of San Antonio. It was designed in 1925 by Johannes C. Scholze, a resident of San Antonio. Scholze created a wood carving that includes an Alamo at the top, the Lone Star of Texas, and the words “Libertatis Cunabula” which is Latin for “Cradle of Liberty.”
The emblem was not designated as the City’s Official Seal until 1981. At that time, City Council approved it to be used to identify the City on all official documents and papers and it is still used for that purpose today.
The original wood carving of the City Seal designed by Johannes C. Scholze is currently on loan to the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in Dresden, Germany. It will return to its display at the Office of the City Clerk located in City Hall in November of 2014.