Mississippi Facts

  • State Flag

    The Mississippi Flag was adopted in 1894 by the Mississippi Legislature.
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  • State Motto and Coat of Arms

    The State Coat of Arms was selected in February 1894 and contains the State Motto, “Virtute et Armis,” meaning “by valor and arms.”
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  • State Seal

    When Mississippi became a state in 1817, it was decided that it would use the same seal that it had been using since it became a territory in 1789.
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  • State Flower and Tree

    The magnolia tree was designated as the State Tree in 1938, and the Legislature designated the magnolia blossom as the State Flower in 1952.
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  • State Bird

    The Mockingbird was chosen by the Women’s Federated Clubs and the State Legislature in 1944 as the State Bird.
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  • State Fish

    The Largemouth Bass, also known as the Black Bass, was selected as Mississippi’s State Fish in 1974.
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  • State Waterfowl

    Chosen in 1974, the Wood Duck is Mississippi’s State Waterfowl.
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  • State Land Mammal

    The White-Tailed Deer was selected in 1974 as the State Land Mammal.
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  • State Water Mammal

    The Bottlenosed Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), commonly called the Porpoise, was designated the state water mammal in 1974.
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Jackson Office
190 East Capitol St.
Suite 550
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Phone: (601) 965-4459
Washington Office
United States Senate
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2402
Phone: (202) 224-5054
Oxford Office
U.S. Federal Courthouse
911 East Jackson Avenue
Suite 249
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
Phone: (662) 236-1018
Gulf Coast Office
2012 15th Street
Suite 451
Gulfport, Mississippi 39501
Phone: (228) 867-9710