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5 Fun Facts About February 21 In Mississippi History

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1. On February 21, 1915, the Mississippi State Capitol, located in Jackson, was completed after nearly ten years of construction. The building is a symbol of Mississippi's history and culture, featuring unique architectural elements and artwork.

2. In 1948, the Mississippi College for Women (now known as Mississippi University for Women) became the first public college in the state to admit male students. The decision was controversial and sparked protests, but ultimately led to increased diversity in higher education in Mississippi.

3. Civil rights activist Medgar Evers was born on February 21, 1925, in Decatur, Mississippi. Evers played a key role in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, working to desegregate schools and public facilities in Mississippi.

4. On February 21, 1965, civil rights activists James Meredith and William L. Kunstler were shot while on a march from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, to protest racial segregation. Meredith survived the attack, but Kunstler was severely injured.

5. On February 21, 1971, the Mississippi River flooded, causing widespread damage and displacement across the state. The flooding lasted for nearly two months and was one of the worst natural disasters in Mississippi history, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their homes.
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