List of Mississippi state symbols Information

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The following is a list of state symbols of the U.S. state of Mississippi, as defined by state statutes. [1]


Type Symbol Date Image
Flag Flag of Mississippi 2001 [2] Flag of Mississippi
Seal Seal of Mississippi 2014 [3] Seal of Mississippi
Coat of arms Coat of arms of Mississippi 2001 [4] Coat of arms of Mississippi
Motto Virtute et armis (Latin for "By valor and arms")
Nicknames The Magnolia State, The Hospitality State


Type Symbol Date Image
Flower Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora3.jpg
Tree Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) Magnolia grandiflora 2004.jpg


Type Symbol Date Image
Bird Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1944 [5] Mimus polyglottos1.jpg
Butterfly Spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus) 1991 [6] Spicebush Swallowtail in August.jpg
Fish Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) 1974 [7] Largemouth Bass 001.jpg
Fossil Prehistoric whales ( Basilosaurus cetoides and Zygorhiza kochii) 1981 [8] Zygorhiza kochii (early whale).jpg
Insect Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) 1980 [9] Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Land mammal White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1974 [10] White-tailed deer.jpg
Marine mammal Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) 1974 [10] US Navy 030811-N-6803B-001 Mark Six swimmer defense dolphins are deployed to the Arabian Gulf to provide operational force protection capabilities for Navy ships, piers and other high-value assets as part of the global war on t.jpg
Waterfowl Wood duck (Aix sponsa) 1974 [11] Brautente Wood Duck Aix sponsa.jpg
Reptile American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1987 [12] American Alligator.JPG
Shell Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) 1974 Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg


Stone Petrified wood 1976 Petrified wood closeup 2.jpg
Song " Go, Mississippi" 1962 [13]


  1. ^ "State of Mississippi Symbols". Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  2. ^ State of Mississippi (February 7, 2001). "Miss. Code Ann. § 3-3-16: Design of state flag". Mississippi Code of 1972. LexisNexis. HISTORY: SOURCES: Laws, 2001, ch. 301, § 2, eff from and after February 7, 2001 (the date the United States Attorney General interposed no objection under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to the addition of this section.)
  3. ^ "Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act". February 2014. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014.
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  5. ^ "Mississippi State Bird". Mississippi State Bird: Mockingbird. SHG Resources.
  6. ^ State Symbols Archived 2009-11-04 at the Wayback Machine, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-05-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title ( link)
  8. ^ Fossil whale: State Fossil of Mississippi (PDF) (Pamphlet 3), Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, 1991, retrieved 2019-05-09
  9. ^ State Symbols Archived 2009-11-04 at the Wayback Machine, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi.
  10. ^ a b Shearer, Benjamin F. & Barbara S. Shearer. State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 235.
  11. ^ "Mississippi State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots". SHG Resources.
  12. ^ Shearer, Benjamin F.; Shearer, Barbara S. (1994). State names, seals, flags, and symbols (2nd ed.). Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN  0-313-28862-3. p. 313
  13. ^ "State Symbols" (PDF). Blue Book. Mississippi Secretary of State. 2004. p. 34.