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South Carolina State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList by adoption year


State of South Carolina. South Carolina Code of Laws. Columbia: State of South Carolina, 2011. Web. 1 Jun 2011. <http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/statmast.htm>.
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Flag Find out more... 1776
Great seal Find out more... 1776
Song "Carolina," words by Henry Timrod, music by Anne Custis Burgess 1911
Flower Yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) 1924
Poet laureate Find out more... 1934
Tree Palmetto tree, commonly known as the cabbage palmetto (Sabal palmetto) 1939
Bird Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1948
Pledge to state flag Find out more... 1966
Gem stone Amethyst 1969
Stone Blue granite 1969
Animal White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1972
Fish Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) 1972
Wild game bird Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1976
Beverage Milk 1984
Dance The Shag 1984
Fruit Peach (Prunus persica) 1984
Shell Lettered olive (Oliva sayana) 1984
Song "South Carolina on My Mind," by Hank Martin and Buzz Arledge 1984
Dog Boykin spaniel (Canis lupus familiaris) 1985
Language English 1987
Insect Carolina mantid or praying mantis (Stagmomantis carolina Johnson) 1988
Reptile Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) 1988
Botanical garden The botanical garden of Clemson University 1992
American folk dance Square dance 1994
Butterfly Tiger swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) 1994
Hospitality beverage Tea 1995
Railroad museum South Carolina Railroad Museum, Winnsboro, Fairfield County 1997
Amphibian Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) 1999
Music The spiritual 1999
Folk art and crafts center South Carolina Artisans Center, Walterboro 2000
Spider Carolina wolf spider (Hogna carolinensis) 2000
Tapestry "From the Mountains to the Sea" 2000
Waltz The Richardson Waltz," arranged by Mary S. Richardson Briggs 2000
Grass Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) 2001
Hall of fame South Carolina Hall of Fame, Myrtle Beach Convention Center 2001
Military academy Camden Military Academy, Camden 2001
Opera Porgy and Bess 2001
Popular music Beach music 2001
Rural drama center Abbeville Opera House, Abbeville 2001
Tartan Find out more... 2002
Wildflower Goldenrod (Solidago altissima) 2003
Tobacco museum South Carolina Tobacco Museum, Mullins 2004
Lowcountry handcraft Sweet grass basket 2006
Snack food Boiled peanuts 2006
Color Indigo blue 2009
Duck Wood duck (Aix sponsa) 2009
Home of the beach music hall of fame Coastal Carolina University 2009
Marine mammal Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) 2009
Migratory marine mammal Northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) 2009
Heritage horse Marsh tacky (Equus caballus) 2010
Heritage work animal Mule (Equus asinus x Equus caballus) 2010
Pecan festival South Carolina Pecan Festival in Florence County 2011
Vegetable Collard greens (Brassica oleracea) 2011
Fossil Columbian mammoth 2014
Picnic cuisine Barbecue 2014

Making laws in South Carolina

The South Carolina legislature, called the South Carolina General Assembly, offers the "Student Connection," full of interesting information in sections called What goes on here?, Explore the state house, Cool stuff, Give me a hand, and What's happening?. To help understand how laws are made in South Carolina, one can review What Does the Legislature Do?; List of Memebersadobe document; and Could My Idea Become Law?.

Additional Information

State Symbols & Emblems : A very nice compilation from the South Carolina General Assembly.

South Carolina Facts and Symbols
South Carolina
Facts and Symbols

Bill McAuliffe

South Carolina Facts and Symbols, by Bill McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major South Carolina symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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