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State Facts

  • Capital: Jackson
  • Abbreviation: MS
  • Secretary of State: Delbert Hosemann
  • Governor: Phil Bryant
  • Population: 2.994 million
  • Largest City: Jackson
  • Area: 48,434mi

State Symbols

  • Nickname: The Magnolia State, The Hospitality State
  • Motto: Seal of Mississippi
  • State Song: Go, Mississippi
  • State Bird: Northern Mockingbird, Wood Duck
  • State Flower: Magnolia
  • State Tree: Magnolia Tree

The State Flag

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Description Of Flag

The flag was adopted by the State Legislature in 1894. The three stripes that are red, white, are called the "Stars and Bars." The cross (canton) represents the thirteen colonies. It is also called the "union square."
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Location Of Mississippi

The State is in the southern region. Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee is surrounding the state. The Gulf of Mexico run along the state. Mississippi has a river that runs through, or borders Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa. Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Louisiana.

Major Events

  • Slavery was a big thing in Mississippi. Most of the "blacks" were living on plantations. Much of the lower class worked on the fields hoeing or picking cotton.
  • Mississippi became a state on December 10, 1817.
  • The Mississippi River became second largest in the United States.


The most produced crops in Mississippi are soybeans and cotton. Manufacturing, which is a "top revenue generating sector of the states economy," is another big thing in Mississippi.


They believe that the "american Indian nations" came from MS, like the: Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Natchez.
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Famous People

  • Elvis Presley (1935-1977)
  • Oprah
  • Walter Payton (1954-1999)
  • LeAnn Rimes


The Governer of MS is Phil Bryant. The Lieutenant Governer is Tate Reeves. People elect the officials to four year terms. Mississippi is one of the five states that elects their state officials in odd number years. The lieutenant gov. basically runs the senate, but the House of Representatives pick their own speaker. The constitution of MS allows the legislature to make up the number of Representatives and Senators. The max number of Representatives is 122, and the max number of Senators is 52.

Places To Visit in Mississippi