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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]


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


Type Symbol Date Image
Flower Magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora3.jpg
Tree Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
Magnolia grandiflora 2004.jpg


Type Symbol Date Image
Bird Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1944[6]
Mimus polyglottos1.jpg
Butterfly Spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus) 1991[7]
Spicebush Swallowtail in August.jpg
Fish Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) 1974[8]
Largemouth Bass 001.jpg
Fossil Prehistoric whales (Basilosaurus cetoides and Zygorhiza kochii) 1981[9]
Zygorhiza kochii (early whale).jpg
Insect Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) 1980[10]
Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Land Mammals White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1974[11][2]
White-tailed deer.jpg
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) 1997[2]
Fox - British Wildlife Centre (17429406401).jpg
Marine mammal Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) 1974[11]
US Navy 030811-N-6803B-001 Mark Six swimmer defense dolphins are deployed to the Arabian Gulf to provide operational force protection capabilities for Navy ships, piers and other high-value assets as part of the global war on t.jpg
Waterfowl Wood duck (Aix sponsa) 1974[12]
Brautente Wood Duck Aix sponsa.jpg
Reptile American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1987[13]
American Alligator.JPG
Shell Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) 1974
Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg


Type Symbol Date Image
Dance Square dance 1995[14]
Soil Natchez silt loam 2003[15]
Song "Go, Mississippi" 1962[2]
Stone Petrified wood 1976
Petrified wood closeup 2.jpg
Toy Teddy bear 2003[16]
Teddy bear early 1900s - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.jpg


  1. ^ "State of Mississippi Symbols". 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. ^ "Mississippi Ballot Measure 3: Voters approve magnolia design as new state flag". CNN. 4 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act". February 2014. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014.
  5. ^
  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. ^ "State symbols". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  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