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List of Louisiana state symbols


List of Louisiana state symbols

This is a list of official symbols of the U.S. state of Louisiana. Official symbols of Louisiana are codified in the laws of Louisiana.


  • State symbols 1
  • State oath 2
  • State poems 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

State symbols

Type Symbol Law
State amphibian Green tree frog[2](Hyla cinerea) LL 169.1, 1993
State beverage Milk LL 170, 1983
State bird Brown pelican[1] (Pelecanus occidentalis) LL 159, 1958
State colors Blue, white, gold LL 161, 1972
State crustacean Crawfish LL 168, 1983
State dog Catahoula leopard dog[1] LL 165, 1979
State fish White perch LL 170.4, 1993
State flower Magnolia[1] LL 154, 1900
State fossil Petrified palmwood LL 162, 1976
State fruit Strawberry (Fragaria) LL 166, 1980
State gemstone Crassostrea virginica oyster shell[3] (previously agate 1976–2011) LL 163, 2011
State mineral Agate[4] LL 163.1, 2011
State insect Honeybee (Apis mellifera) LL 164, 1977
State jellies Mayhaw jelly and
Louisiana sugar cane jelly
LL 170.8, 2003
State mammal American black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) LL 161.1, 1992
State meat pie Natchitoches meat pie LL 170.9, 2003
State motto "Union, justice and confidence" LL 151, 1902
State musical instrument Diatonic accordion,
also known as the Cajun accordion
LL 155.3, 1990
State reptile American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) LL 169, 1983
State slogan "Come fall in Love with Louisiana all over again." Official[5]
State songs "You Are My Sunshine" and "Give Me Louisiana" LL 155, 1970
State song — environmental "The Gifts of Earth" LL 155.2, 1990
State song — march "Louisiana My Home Sweet Home" LL 155.1, 1952
State tartan Louisiana Tartan LL 170.6, 2001
State tree Bald cypress[1] (Taxodium distichum) LL 160, 1963
State vegetable Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) LL 170.11, 2003
State vegetable plant Creole tomato LL 170.11, 2003
State wildflower Louisiana iris (Iris giganticaerulea) LL 154.1, 1990

State oath

  • State pledge : I pledge allegiance to the flag of the state of Louisiana and to the motto for which it stands: A state, under God, united in purpose and ideals, confident that justice shall prevail for all of those abiding here.
LL 167, 1981

State poems

  • State judicial poem, written by Sylvia Davidson Lott Buckley, and entitled, "America, We The People":
We the people
Justice, the word most sought by all, seek God to bless the courts with truth, for through His wisdom we rise or fall.
We the people
Do honor this great lady fair, who with her mighty arms still holds, the scales of Justice for all to share.
We the people
Do offer threads of hope to all, for Justice covers everyone; she does not measure, short or tall.
We the people
Boldly make this pledge to thee, that Justice will, in mind and heart, guide each destiny.
LL 155.4, 1995
  • State Senate poem, written by Jean McGivney Boese and entitled "Leadership":
"It is easy to bend with the wind and be weak,
Wrapped in silence when it would take courage to speak,
To do nothing when crises demand that you act;
To prefer a delusion to unpleasant fact.
But the easy evasions that dreamers embrace
Are denied to a leader with problems to face.
He must cope with the world as he finds it, and plan
To make each hard decision as well as he can.
He can't hide from the truth or deny what is real.
Though a lie might assuage all the fears people feel.
For the truth is the truth, and no lie can prevail.
In a world that is real, one must face truth or fail." [6]
LL 155.5, 1999

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Culture"
  2. ^ Official State Amphibian
  3. ^ "RS 49:163 State Gem". State of Louisiana. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  4. ^ "RS 49:163.1 State Mineral". State of Louisiana. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  5. ^ Louisiana Travel ~ Experience Louisiana with all your senses
  6. ^ "2011 Louisiana Laws Revised Statutes TITLE 49 — State administration RS 49:155.5 — State senate poem". Justia. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 

External links

  • Official State of Louisiana website
  • History and Culture of Louisiana
  • Louisiana State Government
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