Did y’all know it was National Mississippi Day?

Published 5:16 pm Thursday, November 30, 2023

So, according to the National Day Calendar website, NationalToday.com.  November 30 is National Mississippi Day, honoring those who live in our great state. We who live here know we are great, but it is nice to know we also have a national day. Mississippi has made a huge contribution to the rest of the 50 states and to the world.  Mississippi boasts top tier literary roots with great authors, a huge influence in music, food that nourishes the body and soul, our natural resources and our people.

The first National Mississippi Day took place on November 30 in 2017. It is a special day used to bring awareness to the state, its history, and current affairs. It is an opportunity to bring to light all the things that make the state of Mississippi so unique. It is also an opportunity to promote environmental conservation of the state land and river Mississippi. During the early 20th century, the state made huge contributions to southern literature. It produced a series of novels on the mythical county of Yoknapatawpha and its generations. It was created by William Faulkner who went on to receive the Nobel Prize in 1949.

Mississippi Delta can take credit for the genesis of Delta blues, country music, rock and roll, jazz, and gospel music. The “king of rock and roll” Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo.  The people living in the state have had a great impact on the evolution of American music.

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We also excel in sports — with so many great colleges that have produced legends like Archie Manning, Walter Peyton and Jerry Rice. Plus we had two back to back baseball college word series championships. MSU in 2021 and Ole Miss in 2022.

Here is a list of our official designations

  • State Song – “Go Mississippi”
  • State Insect – Honeybee.
  • State Shell – Oyster Shell.
  • State Fossil – Prehistoric Whale.
  • State Beverage – Milk.
  • State Stone – Petrified Wood.
  • State Butterfly – Spice Swallowtail.
  • State Dance – Square-Dancing.