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Mississippi State Symbols

Mississippi State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Mississippi Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Mississippi is named for the Mississippi River, the longest river system in North America, flowing along the state’s western border. Students in Mississippi can enjoy rich, quintessentially American music traditions, including gospel, country, jazz, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll. Opera star Leontyne Price and rock ‘n’ roll star Elvis Presley were born here. Tourist attractions include the state’s many historic mansions, Civil War battlefields, and “haunted” houses.

The name "Mississippi" comes from an Indian word meaning "great waters" or "father of waters." Mississippi entered the Union as the 20th state in 1817. Considered part of the Deep South, Mississippi, with its rich soil and many rivers, is an agricultural state. The state flower is the fragrant magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) , and the capital is Jackson.

Mississippi State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Mississippi state facts such as Mississippi state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Mississippi, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.


Mississippi State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

State Symbols
Symbol Name - (Species)
American Folk Dance Square Dance Jul 1,
Automobile Museum The Tupelo Auto Museum, Inc. Jul 1,
Beverage Milk Jul 1,
Bird Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) Feb 23, 1944
Butterfly Spicebush Swallowtail (Battus philenor) 1991
Coat of Arms Coat of Arms Feb 7, 2001
Fish Largemouth or Black Bass (Micropterus salmoides) 1974
Flag State Flag 1984
Flower Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) Feb 26, 1952
Fossil Prehistoric Whale (Basilosaurus cetoides), Zygorhiza kochii Mar 26, 1981
Grand Opera House Grand Opera House of Meridian 1993
Historical Industrial Museum The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, Inc. 2004
Insect Honeybee (Apis mellifera) 1980
Land Mammal White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Apr 12, 1974-

Land Mammal

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) 1997
Language English Jul 1,
Motto Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)  
Natural Science Museum Mississippi Museum of Natural Science: Mississippi Game and Fish Commission's 1974
Nicknames Nickname  
Quarter Mississippi State Quarter Oct 15, 2002
Reptile American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis) Jul 1,
Seal Great Seal 1798
Shell Oyster Shell (Crassostrea virginica) Apr 12, 1974
Soil Natchez silt loam Mar 13, 2003
Song "Go, Mississippi" May 17, 1962
Stone Petrified Wood May 14, 1976
Toy Teddy Bear Jul 1,
Tree Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) 1938
Waterfowl Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa) 1974
Water Mammal Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Apr 12, 1974
Wildflower Coreopsis (Coreopsis sp.) 1991
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