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20th State (December 10, 1817), the south U.S.

State Abbreviation: MS

Magnolia State

Origin of Name: From an Indian word meaning "Father of Waters"



Mississippi State:

Capital: Jackson
Motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Mississippi State Seal
Beverage: Milk
Bird: Mockingbird
Butterfly: Spicebush swallowtail
Fish: Largemouth or black bass
Flower: Magnolia
Fossil: Prehistoric whale
Insect: Honeybee
Land Mammal 1: White-tailed deer
Land Mammal 2: Red Fox
Saltwater Mammal: Bottlenose dolphin
Shell: Oyster shell
Song: Go, Mississippi
Stone: Petrified wood
Tree: Magnolia

Mississippi State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Things to Know

United States Senators from Mississippi.

Hernando de Soto , a Spanish explorer, discovered the
Mississippi River in 1540.

In 1798, Spain relinquished its claims on the Mississippi region.

The Mississippi River is the second-longest river in the United States.

Major Rivers: Mississippi River, Big Black River , Pearl River, Yazoo River

Things to Do

Mississippi State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Famous Mississippians

Blanche K. Bruce (1841-1898)
The first African-American to serve a full term in the United States Senate.

Eudora Welty (1909-2001), author

William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897-1962), author

Shelby Foote (1916-2005), historian

Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977), popular rock-and-roll singer.

Elizabeth Lee Hazen (1885 - 1975), inventor

Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host

Leontyne Price , soprano

Sites to See

Ancient Architects of the Mississippi
Ancient Architects of the Mississippi were Native American travelers, traders, farmers, and religious folks.

The Mississippian Mound-builders .

Mississippi History Now -Mississippi Historical Society

River Of Song
A Smithsonian series on contemporary music along the Mississippi River.

Information on steamboats.

Color Pages

Mississippi flag

Things To Do-Other Sites

Mississippi State Quarter
Read about the Mississippi State Quarter and print
out the color page.

Mississippi Folktales

Thibodeaux's Treasure
Interactive educational to learn about our wetlands.


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