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Rhode Island State Symbols

Rhode Island’s state symbols and seals are codified into the general laws, RI General Laws Chapters 42-4 and 42-4.1.

State Emblems

State Seal
State Seal
First adopted in 1664

"There shall continue to be one seal for the public use of the state; the form of an anchor shall be engraven thereon; the motto thereof shall be the word "Hope"; and in a circle around the outside shall be engraven the words, "Seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 1636"." RI General Law § 42-4-2


State Coat of Arms
Arms of the State
First adopted in 1882

"The arms of the state are a golden anchor on a blue field, and the motto thereof is the word "Hope"." RI General Law § 42-4-1


State Flag
State Flag
First adopted in 1877

"The flag of the state shall be white, five feet and six inches fly and four feet and ten inches deep on the pike, bearing on each side in the center a gold anchor, twenty-two inches high, and underneath it a blue ribbon twenty-four inches long and five inches wide, or in these proportions, with the motto "Hope" in golden letters thereon, the whole surrounded by thirteen golden stars in a circle. The flag shall be edged with yellow fringe. The pike shall be surmounted by a spearhead and the length of the pike shall be nine feet, not including the spearhead." RI General Law § 42-4-3


State Symbols

RI State Appetizer: Calamari
State Appetizer
Calamari 
Adopted on June 27, 2014

Rhode Island has the largest squid-fishing fleet on the East Coast.


RI State Bird: Rhode Island Red
State Bird
Rhode Island Red
Adopted on May 3, 1954

Rhode Island Reds lay up to 300 brown eggs a year.


RI State Drink: Coffee Milk
State Drink
Coffee Milk
Adopted on July 29, 1993

The “cabinet,” a classic Rhode Island drink, is made by mixing coffee milk and vanilla ice cream.


RI State Fish: Striped Bass
State Fish
Striped Bass
Adopted on July 13, 2000

Striped Bass average 20-30 inches long and can live for 30 or more years.


RI State Tall Ship and Flagship USS: Providence
State Flagship
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry
Adopted on July 2, 2018.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is a Class A Tall Ship.


RI State Flower: Violet
State Flower
Violet
Adopted on March 11, 1968

Violets are often purple and bloom in the spring.



RI State Fruit: Greening Apple
State Fruit
Greening Apple
Adopted on June 20, 1991

Developed in Rhode Island around 1760, Greening Apples retain their sharp taste in cooking.


RI State Insect: American Beetle
State Insect
American Burying Beetle 
Adopted on July 14, 2015

American Burying Beetles are on the federal Endangered Species List. Photo courtesy of Roger Williams Park Zoo.


March Band
State March
Rhode Island
Adopted on July 29, 1996

The State March is to the song “Rhode Island” with words and music by T. Clarke Brown.


RI State Mrine Mammal: Harbor Seal
State Marine Mammal
Harbor Seal 
Adopted on July 14, 2016

Harbor Seals can grow to six feet and weigh over 200 pounds. Photo courtesy of Roger Williams Park Zoo.


RI State Mineral: Bowenite
State Mineral
Bowenite
Adopted on May 26, 1966

Bowenite, found in northern Rhode Island, is a relative of jade.


RI State Mineral: Bowenite
State Sailing Education Vessel
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry
Adopted May 25, 2012.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is a Class A Tall Ship.


Musical Notes
State Song
"Rhode Island Is It for Me"
Adopted on July 29, 1996

The song entitled "Rhode Island Is It for Me," words by Charlie Hall, music by Maria Day.


RI State Shell: Quahaug
State Shell
Quahaug
Adopted on June 30, 1987

Quahog shells were shaped into beads known as Wampum.



RI State tartan
State Tartan
Adopted on July 20, 2000

The State Tartan was created by the St. Andrews Society of Rhode Island, Inc.


RI State Tree: Red Maple
State Tree
Red Maple
Adopted on March 6, 1964

Red Maple leaves turn gold, purple, and red in the fall. 


RI State Rock: Cumberlandite
State Rock
Cumberlandite
Adopted on May 26, 1966

Cumberlandite is a dark rock with white markings found throughout the state.



State Symbol of American Folk Art: Charless I.D.Looff Carousel
State Symbol of American Folk Art
The Charles I.D. Looff Carousel 
Adopted on May 28, 1985

Designed and built in 1895 by Charles I.D. Looff, this carousel is one of the few handmade carousels still in use.


RI State Yatch: Courageous
State Yacht
Courageous, US-12/26 
Adopted on July 13, 2000

Courageous participated in five America's Cup regattas, winning the 1974 and 1977 races.