Loving Mississippi is easy – how could anyone not love a state with all those crooked letters and humpbacks right in the name? Aside from the awesome name, Mississippi is home to a rich heritage, beautiful land, and a captivating past that continues to shape its identity to this day.
1. The Birthplace of America's Music
The Mississippi Delta is the home of the Blues, the root of all modern music. Following the Blues was the birth of Jazz, the only other original American art form.
2. Vicksburg National Cemetery
Being a major player in the Civil War, it should come as no surprise that Mississippi is home to one of the oldest and largest U.S. national cemeteries.
3. Haunted History
Between having been the home of numerous slaves to countless battles being fought on the state’s grounds, Mississippi has a rich spiritual history. And while ghosts have been spotted in several cities spanning across the great state, the two cities with the most sightings are Natchez and Vicksburg.
4. The USA International Ballet Competition
Premiering in Varna in 1964, the International Ballet Competition eventually grew into a cycle of ballet competitions that rotates between four cities worldwide and Jackson, MS just happens to be one of them.
5. Barq's Root Beer
The deliciously bubbly concoction was invented in Biloxi, MS by Edward C. Barq, Sr. meaning without the humpback state we would have never found ourselves asking the question, “Does Barq’s really have bite?”
6. The King
Think royalty exists only in England? Think again! Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, MS. With music ahead of his time and gyrating dance moves that were even further ahead of his time, Elvis Presley forever changed the world. So, “don’t be cruel” and give the state its props.
7. Junior Colleges
First systematized in Mississippi, junior colleges offer a transitional period between high school and university level education enabling attendees to achieve success while saving money. With 15 community colleges spanning across the state, Mississippi obviously understands the importance of education.
8. To Infinity and Beyond
The Stennis Space Center, which was originally built for testing the Apollo program’s engines, is located in Hancock County Mississippi. Does it get any cooler than that?
9. Simple Seasons
Here in Mississippi we may (for the most part) experience only two seasons a year but they’re the best ones – winter and summer. The winters are mild and the snow is rare but the cold air is much appreciated as the warm summer months are just around the corner.
10. Cash Crops
It’s pretty much a known fact that cotton is THE crop of Mississippi, but the state is also responsible for the production of corn, peanuts, pecans, rice, sweet potatoes, soybeans, food grains, poultry, eggs, meat animals, dairy products, and more. You’re welcome America.
11. Jim Henson
The creator of the Muppet’s was born in Greenville. Meaning that without the great state we would never understand the love between a soft-spoken frog and an overbearing, but glamorous, pig.
12. It's the Hospitality State
Here in Mississippi you can’t change a tire or take a walk without someone asking if you need help, your neighbors will look out for you, and you’ll always be called “ma’am” or “sir” – how could you not love this place?
13. Hurricane Parties
Sure, a hurricane’s coming. And sure, we may lose everything we own, but we’re not going to sit around worrying about what can’t be changed. Instead, we’ll have our friends over, drink some alcohol, and make the best of it.