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Who is the most Groundbreaking Mississippian? Who is the person that is the most innovative, inspiring, heroic, and culturally or politically significant in all of Mississippi history? Here's your chance to cast your vote. Choose the most Groundbreaking Mississippian from the list below or write-in your pick and tell us why they're a Groundbreaker. But vote soon - the polls close April 1, 2014!

Nominees(Current Top 10)

Pediatrician Dr. Aaron Shirley has spent his life providing health care for rural and underserved populations throughout the state. In 1970, he helped found the Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center and in 1997, the Jackson Medical Mall, for which he continues to serve as chairman of the board.

Jackson was not only the seventh President of the United States but secured the Gulf Coast region with his victories over the Creek Indians and the British during the War of 1812. He later served as chief negotiator in the 1820 Treaty of Doak's Stand, opening the central Mississippi area for white settlement. Lawmakers named Mississippi's capital city in his honor.

Blues legend B.B. King was born on a plantation in Itta Bena but his musical talent would bring him to Memphis in 1947 and later to audiences around the world. His constant companion has been Lucille, a succession of Gibson guitars that he has used to combine the blues with jazz, swing, pop, and jump. Today, the B.B. King Museum in Indianola traces the story of this remarkable Mississippian.

A history teacher, Ms. Sbravati teaches history and Mississippi Studies at Brookhaven Academy in Brookhaven where she recently helped to found the school's Junior Historical Society.

Nominated by his fourth grade students at Camden Elementary School in Canton, Mr. Knox is noted for his ability to inspire students to learn and enjoy math and science.

This University of Mississippi Medical Center surgeon performed the world's first human lung transplant in 1963, the first animal to human heart transplant in 1964, and a double lung transplant in 1987.

In 1936, at Rush Infirmary in Meridian medical history was made when Dr. Leslie Rush performed the first known bone pinning in the United States. This revolutionary fracture treatment pioneered the development of the "Rush Pin" which is still used today.

Also known as the Black Swan, this former Natchez slave took singing lessons after being freed by her mistress. In 1851, she performed concerts for northern audiences and in 1854 performed for Queen Victoria in London.

Elvis was born in Tupelo but became a world-famous singer and performer on stage and screen. Pulling inspiration from gospel, blues, rock and roll, and country, he created a new sound – and a new, provocative look that propelled him to stardom and which helped him earn the nickname of the King.

Eudora Welty was a Jackson author who focused her work on the history and people of her home state, but her books are known throughout the world and have been translated into over 40 languages. In 1973, Welty was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "The Optimist's Daughter."

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