Pictorial History of Mississippi Trees
Top: "The Ring Oak, Member of the Live Oak Society" photograph by Mary Ethel Dismukes. Center: drawing by Max S. Burkett. Bottom: "The Live Oak Ring. There is, perhaps, no other tree belonging to the Live Oak Society that has the glamourous background of the ancient tree pictured above. Located at Biloxi, Indian legends tell of a young man who sought the hand of the daughter of a tribal chief of the Biloxis, who declared he would not give his consent unless given a sign by the Great God. There came a storm and a bolt of lightning struck the tree forming a ring in one of its branches. The chief greatly impressed, gave his consent to the marriage…."