The Great State of Mississippi


During the harsh winter of 1817

Was the beginning of the great state of Mississippi.

A state that overtime has been misunderstood greatly.

Today, stands for freedom and social equality.

Birthplace of Elvis Presley -  Tupelo Mississippi.

When reflecting on a place like Mississippi

We are reminded of all the good times and simplicities

The sounds of the blues and BB King

to Elvis Presley strumming on his guitar strings.

From the stories of William Faulkner and Eudora Welty

Are reasons this state is well read and proficient in literacy


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When looking back on the state’s long, history

we remember 1865, when the Union won the victory.

That day, the civil war ended as did the confederacy

which produced the 13th amendment that abolished slavery

Remembered for their civil endeavors

Are John Perkins, Emmit Till, and Medgar Evers

Who ushered in the movements of the civil rights era


When thinking about the great state of Mississippi

From the fables of witches and ghost stories

That supposedly haunt the historic Yazoo city

From rolling hills that belong to Vicksburg’s National Park

Are remembered all the battles and the civil war landmarks

On a tour, through the Natchez trace’s scenery

You will be amazed by the native land’s beauty.

homes of Natchez, MS

From the town squares, antebellum, and antiquity

Are some of the unique things that belong to Mississippi

Famous for the Hail state and Hotty toddy

This land is full of competition and in-state rivalries

Founded in the state of the Magnolia

Was developed the crisps taste of thirst quenching, Coca Cola

Due to President Roosevelt’s hunting sprees

The teddy bear was first stuffed right here in Mississippi

Teddy Bear

“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” -William Faulkner

written by sps, October 2015

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