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5 Fun Facts About May 29 In Mississippi History

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1. On May 29, 1848, the town of Aberdeen, Mississippi was incorporated. Located in Monroe County, Aberdeen was an important commercial center in the mid-19th century and was home to several prominent figures, including U.S. Senator L.Q.C. Lamar.

2. Civil rights activist and journalist Ida B. Wells was born on May 29, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Wells was known for her courageous reporting on lynching and was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

3. On May 29, 1900, the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board was established to oversee the construction and maintenance of levees along the Mississippi River. The levee system is still in use today and is an important component of flood control in the region.

4. On May 29, 1943, Pfc. Charles H. Roan, a native of Lauderdale County, Mississippi, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Attu in World War II. Roan was killed in action while single-handedly engaging an enemy machine gun nest.

5. In 2013, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill officially recognizing blues music as the state's official music. The bill also designated the Mississippi Blues Trail, a series of markers and interpretive sites highlighting the history of blues music in Mississippi, as a state heritage area.
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