The Great Seal of Detroit was designed after the great fire of 1805. One female figure mourns the city in ruins. Her Latin legend reads SPERAMVS MELIORA ("We Hope for Better Things"). The figure on the right seems to comfort her, and looks to a brighter future. Her legend reads RESVRGET CINERIBVS ("It Shall Rise from the Ashes").Many people believe the seal has proved prophetic on more than one occasion.