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5 Fun Facts About December 20 In Mississippi History

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1. On December 20, 1860, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union in the lead up to the Civil War. The state's secession convention voted unanimously in favor of leaving the Union.

2. On December 20, 1926, blues legend Charley Patton recorded his first songs for the Paramount Records label in Grafton, Wisconsin, including "Pony Blues" and "Banty Rooster Blues." Patton, who was born in Mississippi, is widely considered one of the most influential early blues musicians.

3. December 20, 1954, marks the date of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. The case began in Topeka, Kansas, but had roots in Mississippi, where many schools were still segregated at the time.

4. On December 20, 1977, the Mississippi Delta region was hit by a significant ice storm that caused widespread power outages and damage to trees and power lines. The storm left many Mississippians without electricity for several days.

5. December 20, 2007, saw the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson. The museum serves as a tribute to the courageous men and women who fought for equality during the civil rights movement and features exhibits on such pivotal events as the Woolworth's sit-ins and the Freedom Summer of 1964.
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