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State Symbols and Official Adoptions

The North Carolina General Assembly adopted its first state symbol in 1885 with legislation recognizing the official State Flag. Since that time, the Legislature has adopted more symbols over time, from the State Dog to the State Beverage to the State Vegetable.  Some symbols are emblems or iconic representations of the state's history and culture, like the flag.  Others represent the state's unique natural heritage, like the Cardinal and the Venus Fly Trap, or elements that have been vital to sustaining people or the economy, like the Sweet Potato as the State Vegetable.

This list is updated as new state symbols are added.


--NCpedia's State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions Interactive Timeline. 

--North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 145: State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions.

--Related student activity guide from LEARN NC: North Carolina Scavenger Hunt

--Articles on State Symbols in NCpedia

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Hi Ryann,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and taking the time to leave your comment.  Please let us know what facts you would like to see!  We are always trying to improve NCpedia content.  

Also, make sure you click on the blue text for each of the symbols to see the facts for each of the state symbols.  The page you commented on is primarily a list of symbols with links to the article for each.

And you'll be happy to know that you can chat with a librarian!  If you look in the upper right section of this screen you'll see a box with "Ask NCknows."  When the box indicates that librarians are online you can type in the box to start a live chat.  You can also follow this link to the NCknows website, it's open 24/7!


Kelly Agan, NCpedia Digital Media Librarian


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