Mississippi: Where History Runs Deep
This Day in History: December 10, 1817
Mississippi, The Magnolia State, The Bayou State, The Eagle State
In Mississippi, culture and history run as deep as its mighty river. Soar over landmarks where Civil Rights movements were waged, Civil War battles were lost and the Blues were born. The Magnolia State is also a land of seductive landscapes and endless creativity, giving us literary geniuses such as William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, plus musical legends Muddy Waters and Elvis. Take flight on this journey over a land of hospitality, beauty and complexity.
On December 10, 1817, Mississippi was the 20th state admitted to the Union.
Mississippi is the Birthplace of American Music – whether it is Charley Patton and Son House’s interpretations of the Delta Blues, Elvis Presley and Rock ‘n’ Roll from Tupelo or Jimmie Rodgers the Father of Country Music from Meridian – America’s musical tradition was born and refined in the culture and struggles of Mississippi.