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North Carolina State Symbols

Each state in the United States of America is unique. The people and legislature of North Carolina have selected the following state symbols to represent their state's individual environment and culture.

The North Carolina State Seal

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The 50 State Seals

The North Carolina State Flag

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That the flag of North Carolina shall consist of a blue union, containing in the center thereof a white star with the letter N in gilt on the left and the letter C in gilt on the right of said star, the circle containing the same to be one-third the width of the union.

The fly of the flag shall consist of two equally proportioned bars the upper bar to be red, the lower bar to be white that the length of the bars horizontally shall be equal to the perpendicular length of the union, and the total length of the flag shall be one-third more than its width.

That above the star in the center of the union there shall be a gilt scroll in semi-circular form, containing in black letters this inscription "May 20th, 1775," and that below the star there shall be a similar scroll containing in black letters the inscription "April 12th, 1776."

The 50 State Flags

Other State Symbols

  • Beverage: Milk
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Blue berry: Blueberry
  • Carnivorous Plant: Venus Flytrap
  • Colors: Red and Blue
  • Dog: Plott Hound
  • Flower: American Dogwood
  • Freshwater fish: Southern Appalachian Brook Trout
  • Fruit: Scuppernong Grape
  • Gemstone: Emerald
  • Horse: Colonial Spanish Mustang
  • Insect: Honey Bee
  • Mammal: Eastern Gray Squirrel
  • Mineral: Gold
  • Motto: Esse Quam Videri (To Be, Rather Than To Seem)
  • Rock: Granite
  • Salt water fish: Channel Bass
  • Reptile: Eastern Box Turtle
  • Red berry: Strawberry
  • Song: The Old North State
  • Toast: The Tar Heel Toast
  • Tree: Pine
  • Vegetable: Sweet Potato
  • Wildflower: Carolina Lily
  • Nicknames: Old North State, Tar Heel State, Turpentine State

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