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The committee to design a State Flag was appointed by legislative action February 7, 1894, and provided that the flag
reported by the committee should become the official flag. The committee recommended for the flag "one with width
two-thirds of its length; with the union square, in width two-thirds of the width of the flag; the ground of the union
to be red and a broad blue saltier thereon, bordered with white and emblazoned with thirteen (13) mullets or
five-pointed stars, corresponding with the number of the original States of the Union; the field to be divided into
three bars of equal width, the upper one blue, the center one white, and the lower one extending the whole length of the flag.
When Mississippi gained statehood in 1817, it decided to use the seal that it had been
using since 1798 when Mississippi was still a territory. And even today, this is Mississippi's Great
Seal. The design of the seal is based upon the American eagle of the national arms.
The eagle is proudly positioned in the center of the seal, with its wings spread wide and its head held
high. A bunting of stars and stripes adorns its chest. In its talons, the eagle grasps an olive branch
symbolizing a desire for peace and a quiver of arrows representing the power to wage war. The outer circle
of the seal holds the words "The Great Seal of the State of Mississippi".
The "Magnolia State" is named because of the abundance of magnolia flowers and trees in the state. The magnolia is the official state
flower and the official state tree.
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