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5 Fun Facts About October 30 In Mississippi History

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1. In 1813, the Mississippi Territory declared war on the Creek Nation, a Native American tribe located in what is now southeastern United States. The Creek War lasted until 1814 and resulted in the defeat of the Creek Nation.

2. On October 30, 1862, Confederate forces led by General Earl Van Dorn defeated Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant in the Battle of Corinth. The battle was fought in Corinth, Mississippi and was part of the larger American Civil War.

3. In 1936, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm, opened. The prison was notorious for its harsh conditions and use of forced labor, primarily among African American inmates, for agricultural work.

4. On October 30, 1964, civil rights leader and founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Fannie Lou Hamer, ran for Congress in Mississippi's 2nd District. Although she did not win the election, Hamer's campaign was significant in challenging the state's discriminatory voting practices.

5. The Mississippi Museum of Art opened in Jackson, Mississippi on October 30, 1978. The museum houses over 5,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, and photographs, and hosts a variety of exhibitions, educational programs, and events throughout the year.
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