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North Carolina State Symbols and Other 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, from the State Dog to the State Marsupial to the State Beverage and the State Vegetable.  Some symbols are emblems or iconic representations of the state's history and culture, such as the flag or the Great Seal.  Others represent the state's unique natural heritage, such as the Cardinal and the Venus Fly Trap, or elements, like the sweet potato, that have been vital to sustaining the people or the economy. The adoption of each state symbol is associated with a particular piece of legislation enumerated in the North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 145: State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions. Scroll down this page to access a list of the state's official adoptions (with links to NCpedia articles).
 
Two bills have been introduced into the General Assembly 2015-2016 session for new official adoptions. On January 26, 2015, a bill was introduced for the adoption of the Old Fort Gold Festival, in McDowell County, as the official Gold Festival of North Carolina.  The festival has been celebrated during the first weekend in June since 2003.  And on March 4, 2015, a bill was introduced to name the Bobcat as the official State Cat. Fourth-graders at Benvenue Elementary School in Nash County wrote to their state legislator to recommend that the General Assembly adopt an official state cat to complement the state dog, the Plott Hound.  The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Bobbie Richardson, a Nash County Democrat.  
 
If these bills pass, North Carolina will have two new state symbols. 

 

State Symbols Timeline   Symbol of the Month  

North Carolina's State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions: Articles on State Symbols in NCpedia

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Art Medium

Aviation Museums and Aviation Hall of Fame

Berries

Beverage

Bird

Boat

Butterfly

Carnivorous Plant

Christmas Tree

Colors

Community Theater

Dances

Dog

Festivals (and Blue Monday Shad Fry)

Flag

Folk Art

Flower

Fossil

Freshwater Trout

Frog

Fruit

Honor and Remember Flag

Horse

Insect

Irish Potato Festival

Mammal

Marsupial

Military Academy

Mineral

Motto

Pottery birthplace

Reptile

Rock

Salamander

Salt Water Fish

Salute, Flag

Seal

Shell

Song

Sport

Stone, Precious

Tartan

Toast

Tree

Vegetable

Wildflower


North Carolina Legislation Authorizing State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions

NCpedia article listing state symbols and corresponding N.C. General Statutes (with links to statutes)

 

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Click a link to get more information on each specific symbol. Post your questions here, and we'll answer them.

T. Mike Childs, NCpedia, N.C. Government & Heritage Library.

 

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Click on a link to get more information on each specific symbol. You can also post your questions here, and we'll do our best to answer them.

 

T. Mike Childs, NCpedia, N.C. Government & Heritage Library.

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When will the new state symbols be added, such as state marsupial and state art medium?

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The bill has to pass both houses of the legislature and then be signed by the governor.  If you go to www.ncleg.net and search in the keyword bills box using "state symbols" you can get the bill number.  Next, take a look at the status of the bill.  If it has been ratified (gone through the entire approval process) then take a look at the bill text and see what the effective date is. Once the bill officially passes, we will make this information available in NCpedia. I hope this helps. Thank you for using NCpedia!

 

Emily Horton, Goverment & Heritage Library, State Library of NC

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