Mississippi turned over the calendar to begin its bicentennial year as a state on Friday with the state’s first lady, Deborah Bryant, embodying the spirit of the Hospitality State.
Bryant spoke at the Old Capitol, marking the 199th anniversary of Mississippi joining the Union. She talked about her efforts to make sure the governor’s mansion is open to everyone, including strangers she sometimes meets just outside the fence of the governor’s residence.
“I have probably been security’s worst nightmare,” Bryant told a crowd of about 100 people. “I do drag people in off the street. I started that very early.”