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Mississippi Bicentennial

Mississippi Bicentennial

On December 10, 1817, Mississippi was officially recognized as the 20th state in the United States of America. In 2017, the state will have the unique opportunity to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mississippi's statehood with a reflection on Mississippi's history and culture. Through regional bicentennial celebrations and coordinated local events, Mississippi will spend 2017 honoring our people and places, music and food, achievements in agriculture, science, and industry, sports legends, literary and artistic genius, and more.

Timeline

1817: David Holmes becomes Mississippi's first governor . Governor David Holmes served from 1817 to 1820.

March 1, 1817: President James Monroe signs enabling act admitting Mississippi to Union.  The western part of the Mississippi Territory became a state, and the eastern half became the Alabama Territory.

​July 1817: Mississippi holds first constitutional convention. Assembled in Washington, Mississippi, 48 delegates wrote a conservative document concentrating power in the hands of the privileged few. According to the constitution, only white property owners or members of the militia would have the right to vote in the new state of Mississippi.

​December 10, 1817  Twenty Star United States Flag...The United States House and Senate adopted the new constitution, and on December 10 President Monroe signed a joint resolution admitting Mississippi as a state. Natchez was designated state capital, and territorial governor David Holmes was elected Mississippi's first governor.