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]

Insignia[edit]

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

Flora[edit]

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

Fauna[edit]

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
Insect Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) 1980[8] Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Land mammal White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1974[9] White-tailed deer.jpg
Marine mammal Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) 1974[9] 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[10] Brautente Wood Duck Aix sponsa.jpg
Reptile American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1987[11] American Alligator.JPG
Shell Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) 1974 Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg

Other[edit]

Stone Petrified wood 1976 Petrified wood closeup 2.jpg
Song "Go, Mississippi" 1962[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State of Mississippi Symbols". Mississippi.gov. 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. 
  4. ^ http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms.us/articles/276/government-of-mississippi-how-it-functions
  5. ^ "Mississippi State Bird". Mississippi State Bird: Mockingbird. SHG Resources. 
  6. ^ State Symbols, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  7. ^ http://www.its.state.ms.us/et/portal/MSSymbols/symbols.htm
  8. ^ State Symbols, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi.
  9. ^ a b Shearer, Benjamin F. & Barbara S. Shearer. State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 235.
  10. ^ "Mississippi State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots". SHG Resources. 
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ "State Symbols" (PDF). Blue Book. Mississippi Secretary of State. 2004. p. 34.