Tennessee State Symbols

Each state in the United States of America is unique. The people and legislature of Tennessee have selected the following state symbols to represent their state's individual environment and culture.

The Tennessee State Seal

[Image of The Tennessee State Seal]

The Tennessee state seal features the Roman numeral XVI to signify that Tennessee was the 16th state to enter the Union in 1796.

The plow, sheaf of wheat, and cotton stalk are symbols of Tennessee agriculture, and the riverboat represents the importance of river traffic to commerce in the state.

Tennessee's official state motto is also "Agriculture and Commerce."

The 50 State Seals

The Tennessee State Flag

[Image of The Tennessee State Flag]

The Tennessee State Flag was designed by LeRoy Reeves of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Infantry. It was officially adopted by the Tennessee State Legislature on April 17, 1905.

The 50 State Flags

Other State Symbols

  • Tree: Tulip Poplar
  • Wildflower: Purple Passion Flower
  • Flower: Iris
  • Fruit: Tomato
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Game Bird: Bobwhite Quail (Partridge)
  • Sport Fish: Largemouth Bass
  • Commercial Fish: Channel Catfish
  • Animal: Raccoon
  • Horse: Tennessee Walking Horse
  • Reptile: Eastern Box Turtle
  • Butterfly: Zebra swallowtail
  • Insect: Firefly or lightning bug
  • Rocks: Agate
  • Song: Tennessee

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