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5 Fun Facts About April 14 In Mississippi History

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1. On April 14, 1861, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the United States and join the Confederacy, paving the way for the American Civil War.

2. On April 14, 1939, the Mississippi River reached its highest recorded level ever in Vicksburg, Mississippi, at 56.2 feet due to heavy rainfall and snow melting upriver. This flood caused widespread damage and displacement across many communities in the Mississippi Delta region.

3. Famous author Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi on April 14, 1909, and is known for her works that depict Southern life, most notably the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Optimist's Daughter."

4. On April 14, 1965, civil rights activist James Meredith was shot while leading a march for voting rights in Mississippi. Although he survived, the incident highlighted the ongoing struggle for racial equality in the South.

5. The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station was established on April 14, 1888, to conduct research and develop new technologies and techniques to improve Mississippi's agricultural and forestry industries, which remain vital to the state's economy to this day.
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