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Groundbreaking Mississippi Event Art Contest Winners Announced

A student from Winona Elementary School and another from Philadelphia Middle School are the 2015 winners of a statewide art contest sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The winning artwork will be transferred to a ceramic tile and put on permanent display in the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum after the 2017 opening. The art will also be featured on posters shared with teachers throughout the state to promote the 2015-2016 contest for groundbreaking Mississippi places.

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Winona Elementary student Taliyah McKinney was the winner in the elementary category with her depiction of Emmett Till. Pictured above from left are Paul Lawrence, Winona Elementary School principal; Allie Reed, teacher; Beryl Jones, teacher; Lydia Chassaniol, state senator; McKinney, winner; Bobby Howell, state representative; Stacey Everett, education director, MDAH museum division; LaMarcus McKinney, father; Michelle Mckinney, mother; and John McKinney, grandfather.

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In the secondary school category, eighth grader Austin Burkett of Philadelphia Middle School won for his depiction of James Meredith and the integration of Ole Miss. Pictured above from left are Stacey Everett, education director, MDAH museum division; Deanne McCown, Philadelphia Middle School teacher; Burkett, winner; and Burkett’s mother.

Winners received a personal copy of the ceramic tile print of their winning illustration.

“We had 278 submissions for this year’s contest, and the judges were impressed with the high quality of work from around the state,” said Everett. “We’re already looking forward to next year’s contest submissions.’”

To celebrate the construction of the new Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, children across the state were asked to illustrate and submit their choice for the most groundbreaking event in Mississippi history. Students submitted entries on Mississippi events that had a national impact including Hurricane Katrina and the integration of Ole Miss, along with local events, such as the state’s first high school football game, the women’s property act of 1839, the 1936 Tupelo tornado, and the first bottle of Barq’s root beer sold in Biloxi.

For information on the 2015-2016 art contest, call 601-576-6997 or email To submit artwork, download the 2015-2016 Groundbreaking Mississippi Places Art Contest entry form (PDF).



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