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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In Mississippi History

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1. On November 28, 1907, the state of Mississippi elevated its first Native American to the State Legislature. Solomon Jordan, a Choctaw Indian, represented Neshoba County in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

2. The 1940 Mississippi gubernatorial election saw the emergence of a strong anti-New Deal movement in the state, which supported businessman Thomas L. Bailey. Bailey was inaugurated as governor on November 28, 1944, but faced much opposition from the state legislature during his term.

3. Mississippi's first ever registered architect, Columbus-native James Lee (J.L.) Roberts died on November 28, 1973. Roberts designed many notable buildings in Mississippi, such as Jackson's Municipal Art Gallery and the original buildings at Mississippi State University.

4. The USS Mississippi (BB-41) was commissioned on November 28, 1917. The ship, a member of the New Mexico-class of battleships, served in both World War I and World War II, and was present at the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay in 1945.

5. On November 28, 1963, civil rights activist Medgar Evers delivered a speech at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University), urging students to take a stand against segregation and racial injustice. Evers was assassinated less than six months later in Jackson, Mississippi.
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