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5 Fun Facts About February 12 In Mississippi History

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1. On February 12, 1861, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the United States and join the Confederate States of America, sparking the Civil War.

2. On February 12, 1839, the state of Mississippi adopted its first constitution, which established a bicameral legislature and expanded suffrage to all white males over the age of 21.

3. On February 12, 1909, the world-renowned blues musician and songwriter Robert Johnson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where he would go on to develop his signature guitar style and influence generations of musicians.

4. On February 12, 1963, civil rights leader and NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers gave a speech at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University) in Jackson, Mississippi, advocating for racial equality and an end to segregation in the state.

5. On February 12, 2014, Mississippi became the last state in the United States to officially ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. The state's ratification came over a century and a half after the amendment was first proposed in Congress.
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