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5 Fun Facts About March 14 In Mississippi History

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1. March 14, 1798: Mississippi Territory was established. The territory was created from land ceded by Georgia and South Carolina, and initially included all of present-day Mississippi and Alabama.

2. March 14, 1864: The Battle of Okolona took place in Chickasaw County during the Civil War. Confederate troops under General Nathan Bedford Forrest clashed with Union troops under General William Sooy Smith. The Confederates emerged victorious, and the battle helped secure the region for the Confederacy.

3. March 14, 1889: The Mississippi State Capitol building was completed. The building was designed by architect Theodore Link in the Renaissance Revival style and features a dome modeled after the U.S. Capitol.

4. March 14, 1915: The Great Mississippi Flood began. The flood was one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, with levees failing along the Mississippi River and causing massive flooding throughout the region. Over 500 people were killed and over a million were left homeless.

5. March 14, 1963: Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer gave her famous "I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired" speech. Hamer was a leader in the civil rights movement in Mississippi and worked to register Black voters despite facing violence and intimidation. Her powerful words became a rallying cry for those fighting for equal rights.
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