Seal of Mississippi
|Great Seal of the State of Mississippi|
|Armiger||State of Mississippi|
|Adopted||January 19, 1817|
|Escutcheon||Palewise of eleven pieces Argent and Gules, on a Chief Azure, eleven Mullets Argent|
|Supporters||An Eagle displayed Or|
The Great Seal of the State of Mississippi was adopted in 1798, when Mississippi was a United States territory, the Mississippi Territory. After it became a state in 1817, the same seal was designated as the state's seal.
The eagle is proudly positioned in the center of the seal, with its wings spread wide and its head held high. Stars and stripes adorns its chest. In its talons, the eagle grasps an olive branch symbolizing a desire for peace and a quiver of arrows representing the power to wage war. The outer circle of the seal contains the text "The Great Seal of the State of Mississippi". The motto, "Virtute et armis" translates to "By valor and arms".
The Mississippi state seal was adopted on January 19, 1818. On January 31, 2014, the Mississippi senate voted to add the words, "In God We Trust" to the state seal.
Government seals of Mississippi
- "Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act". February 2014.
- Wagster Pettus, Emily (31 January 2014). "Miss. Senate OKs adding 'In God We Trust' to seal". WorldNow and WLBT. Retrieved 1 February 2014.