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The Mississippi State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Mississippi serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Magnolia State". The Mississippi state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The spirit of the state is reflected in the Mississippi state motto:

"By valor and arms"

The Mississippi state seal identifies government buildings and officials. The symbolism, history and emblems of the seal are described in this article with fast facts and information.

Mississippi State Seal


Facts on the Mississippi State Seal
The men who designed the Great State seals were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design of the Mississippi State Seal:

Mississippi State Seal Facts

Fact 1: The Territory of Mississippi existed from April 7, 1798, until December 10, 1817 and the territorial seal was used during this period

Fact 2: December 10, 1817 gained statehood
Fact 3: The territorial design was adopted as the official new seal


Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the Mississippi State Seal
The description and meaning of the symbols, icons and emblems are as follows:

The territorial design was adopted as the official new design in 1817 when Mississippi gained statehood
The American eagle takes center stage of the seal.

The modern, stylized image of the eagle was designed in 1996 and does not show its talons but still shows three arrows and an olive branch .

In the original depictions of the eagle, such as that shown on the territorial seal, the talons of the eagle grasp an olive branch symbolizing a desire for peace and also arrows representing the power to wage war.
The 11 stars and stripes displayed on the shield reflect first national flag of the Confederate States of America with 11 stars (July 2, 1861 November 28, 1861)
The Mississippi seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The Mississippi Seal of 1876
This is a flyer depicting the 1876 design of the Mississippi seal. The soldiers are wearing the clothes of the militia in the 1700's worn during the American War of Independence (17751783). The other image depicts slaves working in the cotton industry and carrying bales of cotton to the cotton press that is pictured in the background.


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