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slider_12-4-13On Thursday, December 10, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, and other officials will unveil the official plan to commemorate Mississippi’s bicentennial in 2017 at the fifth annual Statehood Day program at the Old Capitol.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to honor the people and places that represent the heart of our state and to reflect on our rich heritage, unparalleled history, and numerous accomplishments,” said Reeves. “Mississippi has much to be proud of since the first statehood convention was held at Jefferson College two hundred years ago. What better way to showcase our state’s diverse population and unique culture than with this historic celebration of the birth of our great state.”

The Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Commission will oversee the state’s activities and continue to develop the plans to commemorate the event as the year approaches. “The Bicentennial celebration for Mississippi in 2017 should be on everyone’s calendars,” said Gunn. “Various events held throughout the state during 2017 will provide Mississippians of all ages with multiple opportunities to learn more about the many histories that comprise our state, the people, the food, the music, the art.”

“This is a great day as we move forward in celebrating our statehood and reflect on all that makes Mississippi a truly special place,” said Mississippi governor Phil Bryant. “This celebration will allow us to remember those who have gone before us and paved a way to a better Mississippi and nation.”

The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will be the centerpiece of the state’s celebration and the most significant bricks-and-mortar project of the bicentennial “Opening in 2017, the museums will bring Mississippians together to celebrate our rich culture, explore our shared past, and meet the opportunities and challenges of our future,” said MDAH director H.T. Holmes. “I can think of no better way for us to launch our next century of statehood.”

Statehood Day will begin at noon in the historic House of Representatives chamber. The public is invited. For more information about the Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Commission, contact MDAH at 601-576-6545 or info@mdah.state.ms.us.

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