Mississippi is awesome. There’s no question about that but just in case you need even more reasons to be proud of the Magnolia State, check out the list below.
1. Can’t Tear Us Down
Here in Mississippi, we are no stranger to natural disasters. From hurricanes to tornadoes to floods – no matter what hits us, we will rebuild.
2. Education is Important
The state of Mississippi has done so much in terms of educational advances. The state was the first to systemize junior colleges, Mississippi University for Women in Columbus was the country’s first state college for women and Alcorn State University in Lorman is the world’s oldest African American land grant college.
3. Around the World
In 1928, Iuka resident H.T. Merrill performed the world’s first round trip trans-oceanic flight.
4. Under the Sea
The first nuclear submarine constructed in the south was built right here in Mississippi.
5. Religion is Still Important
According to a 2000 census, Mississippi has more churches per capita than any other state. Additionally, Greenwood is home to the largest Bible-binding plant in the country.
6. History Buffs
The city of Natchez alone is home to more than 500 buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
7. Equality for Women
Mississippi was the first state in the country to grant married women the right to hold property in their own names. Additionally, the first female mail carrier in the United States was employed in Vicksburg.
8. Bringing News to the World
Just about everyone in the country has perused through a "National Geographic" magazine at one time or another. Well, you can thank Mississippi for the publication since it is printed in Corinth.
9. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Sure, everyone has heard of legendary baseball player Babe Ruth, but many are unaware that the last home run hit by Ruth was off of Guy Bush of Tupelo at the 1929 World Series. Bush, a great ball player himself, was one of the most valuable players on the Chicago Cubs at the time.
10. Land of the Beautiful
There’s a reason people associate the “great outdoors” with Mississippi – nearly 60% of the state is covered by forests.
11. The Children are Our Future
In 1907, the 4-H Club, which is referred to as “the nation’s largest positive youth development and mentoring organization,” was started in Holmes County.
12. Music Makes the World Go ‘Round
The city of Oxford has quite an impressive music scene. In fact, the city has been compared to Austin, Texas and Athens, Georgia. And let's not forget Mississippi is the birthplace of the Blues.
13. Unique Attractions
The Petrified Forest, located near Flora, is the only one of its kind in the eastern United States.
14. Award-Winning State Parks
Mississippi is home to over 20 state parks, 7 of which have been included in Reserve America’s “Top 100 Campground Awards.” This is a huge accomplishment, especially since over 4,000 parks nation-wide were reviewed.
With so many contributions, Mississippians have a lot to be proud of! Why are you most proud to call Mississippi home?