State turns 199 Friday, plans for bicentennial

Mississippi turns 199 years old on Friday, and the state has been gearing up for years to celebrate its bicentennial next year.

“As we observe Mississippi’s 199th birthday, we look forward to the many events across the state that will mark our upcoming bicentennial,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I encourage all Mississippians to participate in this historic, year-long celebration of our statehood.”

First Lady Deborah Bryant will deliver the keynote address at the annual Mississippi Statehood Day celebration, which will be at noon on Friday at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson. Admission is free and no reservations are required.

Clarion Ledger