Mississippi State Facts and History

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Mississippi Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Tate Reeves (Republican)
  • Capital: Jackson
  • Population: 2,976,149 (2019 est.)
  • Land Area: 46,923.27 sq km
  • Water Area: 1,508.51 sq km
  • Total Area: 48,431.78 SQ KM
  • State Motto: “Virtute et Armis (By Valor and Arms)”
  • Nickname: Magnolia State
  • Electoral votes: 3
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives: 4 (of 435)
  • State Song: “Go Mis-sis-sip-pi”
  • Date of Statehood: December 10, 1817
  • Time Zone: Central (GMT − 6 hours)
  • Official Website of Mississippi: ms.gov
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: MS
  • Origin of name: The name “Mississippi” comes from the Anishinabe people (Ojibwe Indians.) They called the river “Messipi” or “Mee-zee-see-bee,” which means “Big River” or “Father of Waters.

State Symbol of Mississippi

State BeverageMilk
State BirdMockingbird
State FishLargemouth (black bass)
State FlowerBloom of the magnolia or evergreen magnolia
State FossilPrehistoric whale
State InsectHoneybee
State MottoVirtute et armis (By valor and arms)
State NicknameMagnolia State
State ShellOyster shell
State StonePetrified wood
State Water MammalBottlenosed dolphin (porpoise)
State TreeMagnolia
State WaterfowlWood duck

College & Universities

Academy of Hair Design FourJ & J Hair Design College
Academy of Hair Design OneJackson State University
Academy of Hair Design SevenJones County Junior College
Academy of Hair Design ThreeMagnolia Bible College
Alcorn State UniversityMagnolia College of Cosmetology
Antonelli College-HattiesburgMeridian Community College
Antonelli College-JacksonMillsaps College
Belhaven UniversityMississippi College
Blue Cliff College-GulfportMississippi College of Beauty Culture
Blue Mountain CollegeMississippi Delta Community College
Board of Trustees-Mississippi State Institutions of Higher LearningMississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Chris Beauty CollegeMississippi State University
Coahoma Community CollegeMississippi University for Women
Copiah-Lincoln Community CollegeMississippi Valley State University
Copiah-Lincoln Community College Simpson County CenterNortheast Mississippi Community College
Copiah-Lincoln Community College-Natchez CampusNorthwest Mississippi Community College
Creations College of CosmetologyPearl River Community College
Day Spa Career CollegeRust College
Delta Beauty CollegeSoutheastern Baptist College
Delta State UniversitySouthwest Mississippi Community College
Delta Technical CollegeState Board for Community and Junior Colleges
East Central Community CollegeThe Academy of Hair Design Six
East Mississippi Community CollegeTougaloo College
Final Touch Beauty SchoolTraxlers School of Hair
Fosters Cosmetology CollegeUniversity of Mississippi Main Campus
Gibson Barber and Beauty CollegeUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center
Hinds Community CollegeUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Holmes Community CollegeVirginia College-Jackson
ICS the Wright Beauty CollegeWesley Biblical Seminary
Itawamba Community CollegeWesley College
William Carey University

Popular Tourist Attractions

  1. Ship Island
  2. Gulf Islands National Seashore
  3. Hattiesburg Zoo
  4. Jackson Zoo
  5. Natchez Trace Parkway
  6. Buccaneer State Park
  7. Elvis Presley Birthplace
  8. Vicksburg National Military Park
  9. Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
  10. USS Cairo
  11. Deer Island
  12. B. B. King Museum
  13. Geyser Falls Water Theme Park
  14. Rowan Oak

Famous Natives and Residents

NameProfession
Red Barbersportscaster;
Jimmy Buffettsinger and songwriter;
Craig Claibornecolumnist and restaurant critic;
Bo Diddleyguitarist;
Charles Everscivil rights leader;
Medgar Everscivil rights leader;
William Faulknernovelist;
Brett Favrefootball player;
Shelby Footehistorian;
Richard Fordnovelist;
John Grishamnovelist;
Beth Henleyplaywright and actress;
Jim Hensonpuppeteer;
James Earl Jonesactor;
B. B. Kingguitarist;
Willie Morriswriter;
Elvis Presleysinger;
Leontyne Pricesoprano;
Jerry Ricefootball player;
Jimmie Rodgerssinger;
Muddy Waterssinger and guitarist;
Eudora Weltynovelist;
Tennessee Williamsplaywright;
Oprah Winfreytalk-show host and actress;
Richard Wrightnovelist;
Tammy Wynettesinger.

Famous Actors And Actresses

  1. Lacey Chabert
  2. James Earl Jones
  3. Eric Roberts

Map of Mississippi

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