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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.

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--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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Can the state gemstone be a diamond! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ASK THE GOVERNMENT PLEASE

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I LOVE THIS SITE IT HAS SO MUCH DETAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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what is our state amusment park

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We do not have a North Carolina state symbol at this time that is our official state amusement park. However, NCpedia does have an article about the history of amusement parks in North Carolina at http://ncpedia.org/amusement-parks. If you are looking for information about different amusement parks in North Carolina to visit, there is information about them on the Visit NC website at http://visitnc.com. 

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Michelle Underhill, Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina

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can we have football as our state sport?

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I need more info

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Hi Ee,

Let us know what type of information you need and we'll try to help.

If you click on the blue text for each item in the state symbols list, you'll go to the NCpedia on that topic. 

I hope this helps!

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

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I am visiting Robinnisville NC. I have seen these colorful geometric signs on a lot of buildings. I think they are all different. What are they? What do they mean?
Thank you,
Cynthia

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