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South Carolina State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

South Carolina Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

South Carolina is recognized for its beautiful beaches, numerous waterfalls, lakes, and swamps, South Carolina has the charm of a rural, coastal environment. Students in South Carolina can experience southern cuisine (e.g., shrimp and grits, or she-crab soup), a variety of outdoor activities, and many historic attractions.

Settled by the English in 1670, South Carolina was based on a plantation culture with an noble, wealthy society that was dependent on black slave labor. South Carolina weas one of the original 13 colonies, South Carolina was first formed in 1729 when the Carolina colony was divided in two to form North and South Carolina. The attack on Fort Sumter in the Charleston harbor launched the Civil War. After the war, the structure of the state changed. Today South Carolina honors its history and culture while also working to become a global business center. The state bird of the "Palmetto State" is the Carolina wren (Troglodytidae ). The flower is the Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), and the capital is Columbia.

South Carolina 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 South Carolina state facts such as South Carolina state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state bird, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over South Carolina, 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.


South Carolina State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

State Symbols
Symbol Name - (Species)
American Folk Dance The Square Dance Apr 20, 1994
Amphibian Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) Jun 11, 1999
Animal Whitetail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1972
Beverage Milk (lac vaccum) 1984
Bird Carolina Wren (Troglodytidae ) 1939
Botanical Garden Clemson Botanical Garden Oct 10, 1992
Butterfly Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus Glaucus) 1994
Color Indigo Blue
SECTION 1-1-710. Official State color.
The color indigo blue worn on the uniform of Colonel William Moultrie's soldiers and adopted as the background of the South Carolina State flag, is designated as the official color of the State of South Carolina.
HISTORY: 2008 Act No. 200, Section 1, eff April 16, 2008.
Dance Carolina Shag 1984
Duck Wood Duck  (Aix sponsa) Jun 3, 2009
Dog Boykin Spaniel Mar 26, 1985
Fish Striped Bass 1972
Flag State Flag Jan 28, 1861
Flower Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) Feb 1,
Folk Art and Crafts Center South Carolina Artisans Center, Walterboro May 10, 2000
Fruit Peach 1984
Gemstone Amethyst Jun 24, 1969
Grass Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) Aug 29, 2001
Hall of Fame South Carolina Hall of Fame, Myrtle Beach Convention Center Sep 20, 2001.
Heritage horse Marsh tacky (Equus caballus) 2010
Heritage work animal Mule (Equus asinus x Equus caballus) 2010
Hospitality Beverage
Tea (Camellia sinensis) Apr10,
Insect Carolina Mantid (Stagmomantis Carolina) or Praying Mantis 1988
Language English 1987
Lowcountry handcraft Sweet grass basket
SECTION 1-1-676. Official State lowcountry handcraft.
The sweet grass basket is the official state lowcountry handcraft.
HISTORY: 2006 Act No. 234, Section 1, eff February 21, 2006.
Marine mammal Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) 2009
Migratory marine mammal Northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) 2009
Miliatry Academy Camden Military Academy May 15, 2001


Music "The Spiritual" Jun 11, 1999
Nicknames Palmetto State NA
Opera Porgy and Bess Aug 29, 2001
Pledge to State Flag Pledge 1966
Pecan festival South Carolina Pecan Festival in Florence County
SECTION 1-1-674. State Pecan Festival.
The South Carolina Pecan Festival in Florence County is designated as the official State Pecan Festival.
HISTORY: 2011 Act No. 9, Section 1, eff April 12, 2011.
Poet Laureate Bennie Lee Sinclair 1934
Popular Music Beach Music Mar 27, 2001
Quarter South Carolina State Quarter May 22, 2000
Railroad Museum South Carolina Railroad Museum, Fairfield County Jul 1,
Reptile Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta Caretta) 1988 1988
Rural Drama Center Abbeville Opera House May 29, 2001
Seal Great Seal 1776
Shell Lettered Olive (Oliva Sayana) 1984
Snack Food

Boiled peanuts

Song "Carolina"
Feb 11, 1911
Song "South Carolina on My Mind"


Spider Carolina Wolf Spider (Hogna carolinensis) Jul 21,
Stone Blue Granite 1969
Tapestry "From the Mountains to the Sea" Jun 14,
Tartan Carolina Tartan Jun 3,
Tobacco Museum South Carolina Tobacco Museum, Mullins 2004
Tree Inodes Palmetto Mar 17,
Vegetable Collard greens (Brassica oleracea)
Collard greens were designated as the official State Vegetable by Act Number 38 of 2011, as a result of efforts by Mary Grace Wingard, a third grader from Lexington, South Carolina. South Carolina ranks second in the nation in collard green production and Lexington County ranks first among counties in South Carolina in collard green production.
Waltz Richardson Waltz Jul 21,
Wildflower Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) May 14, 2003
Wild Game Bird Wild Turkey (Meleagris Gallopavo) 1976
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