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.

Mississippi State Symbols, Emblems, & Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

American Folk Dance Square Dance
Automobile Museum The Tupelo Auto Museum, Inc.
Beverage Milk
Bird Mockingbird
(Mimus polyglotto
Butterfly Spicebush Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)
Coat of Arms Coat of Arms
Fish Largemouth or Black Bass
(Micropterus salmoides)
Flag State Flag
Flower Magnolia
(Magnolia grandiflora)
Fossil Prehistoric Whale
(Basilosaurus cetoides), Zygorhiza kochii
Grand Opera House Grand Opera House of Meridian
Historical Industrial Museum The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, Inc.
Insect Honeybee
(Apis mellifera)
Land Mammal White-tailed deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)

Land Mammal

Red Fox
(Vulpes vulpes)
Language English
Motto Virtute et armis
(By valor and arms)
Natural Science Museum Mississippi Museum of Natural Science: Mississippi Game and Fish Commission's
Nicknames Nickname
Quarter Mississippi State Quarter
Reptile American Alligator
(Alligator Mississippiensis)
Seal Great Seal
Shell Oyster Shell
(Crassostrea virginica)
Soil Natchez silt loam
Song "Go, Mississippi"
Stone Petrified Wood
Toy Teddy Bear
Tree Magnolia
(Magnolia grandiflora)
Waterfowl Wood Duck
(Aix Spons
Water Mammal Bottlenose Dolphin
(Tursiops truncatus)
Wildflower Coreopsis
(Coreopsis sp.)
Wildlife heritage museum Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum in Leland - 2016
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