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The magnolia state, the very nerve center of the deep south, Mississippi just calls up all sorts of romantic and mysterious visions; the dark secrets of the southern way of life, of gentlewomen and men far too polite to say what they really mean, and far too clever to get anything less than what they really want. Sound overly dramatic? Well, maybe so...but Mississippi just does that to us somehow.
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Perhaps it's the romantic-sounding names of Mississippi's cities-places like Biloxi, Jackson, Meridian, Gulfport-that have us thinking of swishing organdy and whispered family secrets. Or the antebellum homes that still grace the streets of Natchez. (Or maybe we've just been reading too much William Faulkner.) Whatever the source of our fascination with this state, it's had a lot of bad press to overcome in the last hundred years or so, and progress seems to have finally made its mark. The social and economic inequities that pre-dated the Civil War have given way to greater social diversity and opportunity throughout the state, and Natchez's plantation histories have made room for other points of view: the Museum of African American Culture and History is located here, and just up the road, in Fayette, the state's first black mayor was elected in 1969. Progress marches on.

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