List of Mississippi state symbols

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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 1894 Flag of Mississippi
Seal Seal of Mississippi 1798 Seal of Mississippi
Motto Virtute et armis
Nickname 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[2] Mimus polyglottos1.jpg
Butterfly Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) 1991[3] Spicebush Swallowtail in August.jpg
Fish Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) 1974[4] Largemouth Bass 001.jpg
Insect Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) 1980[5] Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Land mammal White-tailed deer 1974[6] White-tailed deer.jpg
Marine mammal Bottlenose dolphin 1974[6] 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[7] Brautente Wood Duck Aix sponsa.jpg
Reptile American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1987[8] American Alligator.JPG
Shell Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) 1974 Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg


Type Symbol Date Image
Fossil Basilosaurus and Zygorhiza whales Zygorhiza kochii (early whale).jpg
Stone Petrified wood 1976 Petrified wood closeup 2.jpg
Song Go, Mississippi 1962[9]


  1. ^ "State of Mississippi Symbols". Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mississippi State Bird". Mississippi State Bird: Mockingbird. SHG Resources. 
  3. ^ State Symbols, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi. Retrieved 2008-03-29
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  5. ^ State Symbols, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi.
  6. ^ a b Shearer, Benjamin F. & Barbara S. Shearer. State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 235.
  7. ^ "Mississippi State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots". SHG Resources. 
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ "State Symbols". Blue Book. Mississippi Secretary of State. 2004. p. 34.