Celebrating Mississippi's Bicentennial | 200 years | 1817 - 2017

Looking Back and Moving Forward

Celebrating 200 years of Mississippi history and the state's bright future.

The Bicentennial will be celebrated all year long, from the three marquee Mississippi Bicentennial Celebrations to events large and small in communities all around the state. As Mississippians come together around a shared history, keep up with celebrations from the Gulf Coast to the River, and through the Pines, Delta and Hills regions here.

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Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities

May 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am - May 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

To celebrate Mississippi’s Bicentennial year, the Mississippi Museum of Art curates exhibitions from its collection for twelve host venues across the state. These exhibitions feature artworks by regionally acclaimed artists - past and present - including Walter Anderson, William Dunlap, William Ferris, Ke Francis, Marie Hull, Hystercine Rankin, and Sulton Rogers, among many others. Art …

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16th Annual Christmas on the Bayou

December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lighted boat parade begins in Gulfport Lake, down Bayou Bernard to the conclusion at the mouth of the bayou at Big Lake.

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Picturing Mississippi, 1817 – 2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise

December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 am - July 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The sixteenth presentation in The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series, Picturing Mississippi, 1817 – 2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise commemorates and celebrates the 200th anniversary of statehood for Mississippi. Picturing Mississippi is on view at the Museum’s Jackson location December 9, 2017 - July 8, 2018. The aesthetic goal of the …

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11:00 am

2 Museums Grand Opening

December 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thousands of people from across the state and nation will travel to Jackson to celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial at the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday, December 9.   A program featuring live music and remarks by project partners, elected officials and local and national civil rights …

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