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Mississippi State Motto
"Virtute et armis"
(By valor and arms)
Adopted in 1894.
Mississippi's motto is not an official state motto, as such, but has been accepted as an element of the Mississippi coat of arms. Adopted in 1894.
Mississippi's State motto, Virtute Et Armis, meaning by valor and arms, may have been suggested by the motto of Lord Gray De Wilton, Virtute Non Armis Fido.
The committee to design a Coat of Arms was appointed by legislative action February 7, 1894, and the design proposed by that committee was accepted and became the official Coat of Arms. The committee recommended for the Coat of Arms a "Shield in color blue, with an eagle upon it with extended pinions, holding in the right talon a palm branch and a bundle of arrows in the left talon, with the word "Mississippi" above the eagle; the lettering on the shield and the eagle to be in gold; below the shield two branches of the cotton stalk, saltierwise, as in submitted design, and a scroll below extending upward and one each side three-fourths of the length of the shield; upon the scroll, which is to be red, the motto be printed in gold letters upon white spaces, as in design accompanying, the motto to be --VIRTUTE et ARMIS."
Mississippi Code, Title 3, Chapter 3, Section 3-3-41.
TITLE 3. STATE SOVEREIGNTY, JURISDICTION AND HOLIDAYS.
Mottos of the States
State motto is a word, phrase, or sentence inscribed on or attached to a coin, building, or other object. The motto states an important idea for a group of people within the state.
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