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Mississippi Bicentennial

Celebrating 200 years of statehood


On December 10, 1817, Mississippi was officially recognized as the 20th state in the United States of America. In 2017 the state will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mississippi's statehood with a reflection on Mississippi's history and culture.

The celebration begins in January with a joint session of the Mississippi Legislature and will end in December with a gala to which citizens from all over our state will be invited. In addition to the gala, celebration events for the December weekend will include the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.