Mississippi State Symbols, Facts & Info
The United States of America accepted Mississippi as the 20th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about Mississippi.
Date of Statehood:
December 10, 1817
2,921,088 (US Census 2005 estimate)
Most of Mississippi's acreage is devoted to soybeans but cotton is the largest cash crop. Mississippi ranks third in the nation in cotton production. The state's farmlands yield important harvests of corn, peanuts, pecans, rice, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, soybeans, and food grains as well as poultry, eggs, meat animals, dairy products, feed crops, and horticultural crops.
Mississippi remains the world's leading producer of pond-raised catfish. Mississippi boasts 100,000 of the 140,000 total acres nationwide of catfish ponds.
The Magnolia State
Virtute et armis (By valor and arms.)
Magnolia (Legislation of 1952)
Magnolia (Legislation of 1938)
Mockingbird (Legislation of 1944)
Largemouth or Black Bass (Legislation of 1974)
Honey Bee (Legislation of 1980)
Petrified Wood (Legislation of 1976)
Official State Seal:
Official State Flag:
State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service
Greetings from America series.
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