December 10 – Mississippi's Statehood Day

Posted on December 10, 2016

Mississippi is known as
the Magnolia State.
On this date in 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state in the United States, and school kids all across America had a spelling challenge – lotsa S's and P's and I's!

Of course, the name Mississippi applies to more than just a state – it is the name of the main river in North America, and the mighty Mississippi River has been so important in the history and economics of the U.S., kids were probably already very familiar with it.

Mississippi ranks highest of all the states in percentage of African Americans (almost 40% of all MS residents are black) and in religiosity (almost 60% of all MS residents identify as “very religious”). However, the state is ranked last in terms of health care and income per person.

There are many lovely places to visit in Mississippi – although some of them remind us of a past marred by slavery and war!

Windsor Ruins



Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge



Tishomingo State Park




Clark Creek State Park



Biloxy, the birthplace of Mardi Gras



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Settlers' Day in Namibia
















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