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Happy birthday Mississippi!

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT

Mississippi is 198 years old TODAY!  Mississippi became the 20th United State in 1817.

A Statehood Day Celebration was held at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson Thursday to mark the historic anniversary. 

"We're so excited to be able to celebrate the 198th birthday", said Lauren Miller, director of the Old Capitol Museum. "We're moving closer to the state's bicentennial in 2017 and the two Mississippi museums will open to commemorate that."

New York Times best-selling author Greg Iles of Natchez was the featured speaker.   He wrote several novels including "Natchez Burning," which will soon be produced as a cable TV series.

Statehood Day celebrations also honored Mississippians, the state culture and lifestyle.

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