List of Rhode Island state symbols

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The following is a list of symbols of the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

State insignia[edit]

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Flag Flag of Rhode Island Flag of Rhode Island.svg 1640 (originally)
1916 (formally)
Motto Hope Hope 1664
Nickname The Ocean State
Little Rhody
The Plantation State
The Ocean State
Little Rhody
The Plantation State
Seal Seal of Rhode Island Seal of Rhode Island.svg 1644
Slogan Unwind Unwind
Coat of Arms Coat of Arms of Rhode Island Coat of arms of Rhode Island.svg 1822

Living symbols[edit]

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Bird Rhode Island Red Chicken
Gallus gallus domesticus
Rhode Island Red.jpg 1954
Fish Striped Bass
Morone saxatilis
Striped bass FWS 1.jpg 2000
Flower Violet
Viola sororia
Viola sororia.jpg 1968
Tree Red Maple
Acer rubrum
Red maple.png 1964
Shell Quahaug
Mercenaria mercenaria
LittleNeck clams USDA96c1862.jpg 1987

Earth symbols[edit]

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Fruit Rhode Island Greening Rhode Island Greening Apple.jpg 1991
Mineral Bowenite Serpentine-bowenite.jpg 1966
Rock Cumberlandite Cumberlandite.JPG 1966

Cultural symbols[edit]

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Drink Coffee Milk Autocrat3.jpg 1993
Song "Rhode Island, It's for Me" Incethomas.jpg 1996
Tartan Rhode Island State Tartan
Rhode Island Tartan.png
Yacht Courageous 2000
Ship USS Providence Continental Sloop Providence (1775-1779).jpg 1993
Folk Art Crescent Park Looff Carousel Crescent Park Carousel, East Providence, RI.jpg 1985

United States coin[edit]

Type Symbol Image Coined
Quarter dollar Rhode Island Quarter 2001 2001 RI Proof.png 2001


  • "State Symbols". Government of Rhode Island. Retrieved 21 September 2012.