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5 Fun Facts About March 2 In Mississippi History

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1. On March 2, 1805, the second territorial governor of Mississippi, Robert Williams, took office. Williams served as governor until 1809 and oversaw the establishment of the state's first land survey system.

2. In 1833, the state legislature of Mississippi adopted a new state constitution on March 2. This constitution abolished the property qualification for voting and established a statewide system of public education.

3. Mississippi became the 20th state to secede from the United States and join the Confederacy on March 2, 1861. The state played an important role in the Civil War and saw significant battles take place on its soil.

4. On March 2, 1962, James Meredith became the first African American to enroll at the University of Mississippi. His enrollment was met with resistance, leading to a violent riot on the campus that resulted in two deaths and numerous injuries.

5. In 2017, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill into law on March 2 that allows businesses to refuse service to LGBT individuals based on religious or moral objections. The law has faced significant backlash and legal challenges.
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