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5 Fun Facts About September 6 In Mississippi History

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1. On September 6, 1837, Mississippi governor Charles Lynch signed a bill authorizing the creation of a state penitentiary in Jackson. The Mississippi State Penitentiary, commonly known as Parchman Farm, would open its doors in 1901 and become known for its harsh conditions and use of inmate labor.

2. In 1963, on September 6th, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery after being assassinated in his Jackson driveway three months earlier. Evers, a Mississippi native, was a prominent figure in the struggle for racial equity in the South.

3. September 6, 1973 saw the opening of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi. The 15,000-seat facility has hosted events ranging from concerts to sports games to political rallies.

4. On September 6, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Mississippi and caused widespread damage to the state's coastal areas. The storm's impact was felt for years afterward as residents worked to rebuild their homes and communities.

5. September 6, 2019 was a milestone day for Mississippi's legal system as the state's first African American Supreme Court justice, Reuben Anderson, was sworn in. Anderson had previously served as a state appeals judge and played a significant role in desegregating the University of Mississippi as an attorney in the 1960s.
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