List of Mississippi state symbols

The following is a list of state symbols of the U.S. state of Mississippi, as defined by state statutes in Title 1, Section 3 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 and listed in the Mississippi Official & Statistical Register.[1][2]

InsigniaEdit

Type Symbol Date Image
Flag Flag of Mississippi
2021[3]  
Seal Seal of Mississippi 2014[4]  
Coat of arms Coat of arms of Mississippi 2001[5]  
Motto Virtute et armis (Latin for "By valor and arms")
Nicknames The Magnolia State, The Hospitality State

FloraEdit

Type Symbol Date Image
Flower Magnolia  
Tree Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)  

FaunaEdit

Type Symbol Date Image
Bird Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1944[6]  
Butterfly Spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus) 1991[7]  
Fish Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) 1974[8]  
Fossil Prehistoric whales (Basilosaurus cetoides and Zygorhiza kochii) 1981[9]  
Insect Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) 1980[10]  
Land Mammals White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1974[11][2]  
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) 1997[2]  
Marine mammal Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) 1974[11]  
Waterfowl Wood duck (Aix sponsa) 1974[12]  
Reptile American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1987[13]  
Shell Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) 1974  

OtherEdit

Type Symbol Date Image
Dance Square dance 1995[14]  
Soil Natchez silt loam 2003[15]
Song "Go, Mississippi" 1962[2]
Stone Petrified wood 1976  
Toy Teddy bear 2003[16]  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "State of Mississippi Symbols". Mississippi.gov. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "State Symbols" (PDF). Blue Book. Mississippi Secretary of State. 2004. p. 34.
  3. ^ https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/03/politics/mississippi-new-state-flag-ballot-question/index.html
  4. ^ "Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act". February 2014. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014.
  5. ^ http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms.us/articles/276/government-of-mississippi-how-it-functions
  6. ^ "Mississippi State Bird". Mississippi State Bird: Mockingbird. SHG Resources.
  7. ^ State Symbols Archived 2009-11-04 at the Wayback Machine, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-05-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Fossil whale: State Fossil of Mississippi (PDF), Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, 1991, retrieved 2019-05-09
  10. ^ State Symbols Archived 2009-11-04 at the Wayback Machine, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi.
  11. ^ a b Shearer, Benjamin F. & Barbara S. Shearer. State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 235.
  12. ^ "Mississippi State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots". SHG Resources.
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ "§ 3-3-39. State dance", Mississippi Code 1972 Annotated, retrieved 2020-07-20
  15. ^ "§ 3-3-45. State soil", Mississippi Code 1972 Annotated, retrieved 2020-07-20
  16. ^ "§ 3-3-43. State toy", Mississippi Code 1972 Annotated, retrieved 2020-07-20