List of Arkansas state symbols Information
The following is a list of the symbols of the U.S. state of Arkansas.
The following state symbols are officially recognized by state law.
- State anthem: " Arkansas" by Eva Ware Barnett, adopted: 1987
- State historical song: " The Arkansas Traveler" by Sanford Faulkner, adopted: 1987
- State motto: Regnat Populus ("The People Rule"), adopted: 1907
- State songs: " Arkansas (You Run Deep In Me)" by Wayland Holyfield and " Oh, Arkansas" by Terry Rose and Gary Klass, adopted: 1987
|American folk dance||
Diana fritillary butterfly
|Fruit and vegetable||
South Arkansas vine ripe pink tomato
|Historic cooking vessel||
State quarter for Arkansas
The designation of a variety of tomato as both the state fruit and the state vegetable is correct. Standing on both sides of the long-running controversy, the law recognizes that the tomato is botanically a fruit, but is a vegetable in culinary use; thus it is officially both in Arkansas.
Though two other songs are designated as "state songs" (plus a "state historical song" which was the state song from 1949 to 1963), by state law the Secretary of State must respond to any requests for "the state song" with the music of the state anthem, " Arkansas"; it was the state song before 1949 and from 1963 to 1987, when it became state anthem and the other songs gained their present status. This is strictly to preserve the status of "Arkansas"; all four songs are either copyrighted by the state itself or in the public domain.