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South Carolina State Symbols

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

The South Carolina State Seal

[Image of The South Carolina State Seal]

The 50 State Seals

The South Carolina State Flag

[Image of The South Carolina State Flag]

Asked by the Revolutionary Council of Safety in the fall of 1775 to design a flag for the use of South Carolina troops, Col. William Moultrie chose a blue, which matched the color of their uniforms and a crescent, which reproduced the silver emblem worn on the front of their caps.

The palmetto tree was added later to represent Moultrie's heroic defense of the palmetto-log fort on Sullivan's Island against the attack of the British fleet on June 28, 1776.

The 50 State Flags

Other State Symbols

  • Amphibian: Spotted Salamander
  • Animal: White-tailed Deer
  • Beverage: Milk
  • Bird: Carolina Wren
  • Butterfly: Eastern tiger swallowtail
  • Color: Indigo Blue
  • Dog: Boykin Spaniel
  • Duck: Wood Duck
  • Grass: Indian Grass
  • Fish: striped bass
  • Flower: Yellow Jessamine
  • Fruit: Peach
  • Gemstone: Amethyst
  • Heritage Horse: Carolina Marsh Tacky
  • Heritage Work Animal: Mule
  • Insect: Carolina Mantid
  • Marine Mammal: Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Migratory Marine Mammal: Northern Right Whale
  • Reptile: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Shell: Lettered Olive
  • Snack: Boiled peanuts
  • Stone: Blue Granite
  • Tree: Sabal palmetto
  • Wild Game Bird: Wild Turkey
  • Wildflower: Goldenrod
  • Mottos: Dum Spiro Spero (While I Breathe, I Hope), Animis Opibusque Parati (Ready in Soul and Resource)
  • Songs: Carolina, South Carolina On My Mind

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