Idyl King Sorsby

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Idyl King Sorsby (born Idyl King February 22, 1862 in Montevallo; died November 25, 1939) was the designer of the Flag of Birmingham and the founder of "Alabama Day" and "Birmingham Day".

Idyl was the daughter of Nathaniel Ragan King and the former Salome Elizabeth Sibley, and was a relative of former U.S. Senator and Vice President William R. King. She married William E. Sorsby.

Sorsby was a founder of the Pierian Club at East Lake in 1897. She also served as vice president of the Alabama Historical Society and chair of the history department for the Birmingham Woman's Club. She organized the first observation of December 14 as "Alabama Day" in 1899.

She died in November 1939 was interred at Oak Hill Cemetery.


  • Norton, Bertha Bendall. (1970) Birmingham's First Magic Century: Were You There?. Birmingham: Lakeshore Press. p. xi
  • Oak Hill Cemetery (1998) "Listings S" - accessed May 15, 2006