Hail Mississippi!

Good Morning World! I hope everyone had a Blessed Samhaim or Beltane! Loving life and feeling good this morning. I had a wonderful breakfast with hubby, we chatted about Shamanism and the Native American history that I've been learning about on this journey around the US we're taking. I'm learning so much and feel really upset that my own history classes didn't teach some of this stuff to us.

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As always my facts come from 50states.com. Now let's head back down south today with and lead the DC40 into the great state of Mississippi.

In 1902 while on a hunting expedition in Sharkey County, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear. This act resulted in the creation of the world-famous teddy bear.

The first female rural mail carrier in the United States was Mrs. Mamie Thomas. She delivered mail by buggy to the area southeast of Vicksburg in 1914.

Historic Jefferson College, circa 1802, was the first preparatory school established in the Mississippi Territory. Located in Washington the educational institution is also the site where tradition holds Aaron Burr was arraigned for treason in 1807, beneath what became known as Burr Oaks.

Friendship Cemetery in Columbus has been called Where Flowers Healed a Nation. It was April 25, 1866, and the Civil War had been over for a year when the ladies of Columbus decided to decorate both Confederate and Union soldiers' graves with beautiful bouquets and garlands of flowers. As a direct result of this kind gesture, Americans celebrate what has come to be called Memorial Day each year, an annual observance of recognition of war dead.

Mississippi suffered the largest percentage of people who died in the Civil War of any Confederate State. 78,000 Mississippians entered the Confederate military. By the end of the war 59,000 were either dead or wounded.

In 1834 Captain Isaac Ross, whose plantation was in Lorman, freed his slaves and arranged for them to be sent to Africa, where they founded the country of Liberia. Recently, representatives of Liberia visited Lorman and placed a stone at the Captain's gravesite in honor of his kindness.

The oldest game in America is stickball. The Choctaw Indians of Mississippi played the game. Demonstrations can be seen every July at the Choctaw Indian Fair in Philadelphia.

Here's a video on stickball.

The original inhabitants of Mississippi are:

The Biloxi tribe
The Chickasaw tribe
The Choctaw tribe
The Houma tribe
The Natchez tribe
The Ofo tribe
The Quapaw tribe
The Tunica tribe

I found this video that tells a brief history of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen, the formerly enslaved people who lived among Native Americans and later adopted as citizens in the Choctaw Nation but denied citizenship in the Chickasaw nation.

Seeing the past in print, shows how cruel we as humans can be. Seeing how people were treated as property, their rights and history stripped away. Taking from them even the rights to be free to worship their own Gods or Goddesses in their own way. We see this in the past, we can prevent it from happening again. Just by knowing where our ancestors came from. Know what you are and how you are, treat others as you wish to be treated and send out positive energies to all.

Sending light and love to the great state of Mississippi.

Namaste & Blessed Be!

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