Mississippi “The Birthplace of America’s Music” Turns 200

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A collection of photos taken at The Mississippi Bicentennial Event held on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 of 2017. The event celebrating Mississippi’s 200th year of statehood included The U.S. Postal Service release of new “Forever” stamp recognizing Mississippi as “Birthplace of America’s Music”.The Southland Music Line’s Stephen Anderson had the privilege of photographing this historical event held at Centennial Park in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Photos by Stephen “Andy” Anderson. (designed & posted by Johnny Cole)
©Stephen Anderson | ©The Southland Music Line (2017)

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miss01U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp celebrating Mississippi’s Bicentennial on Friday, March 31, 2017. The stamp recognizing Mississippi as “The Birthplace of America’s Music” features the hands of bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes.

miss02U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp celebrating Mississippi’s Bicentennial on Friday, March 31, 2017.

miss03Jimmy “Duck” Holmes at the official U.S.stamp unveiling celebration. (Friday, March 31, 2017)

miss04The hands of Jimmy “Duck” Holmes playing his guitar was used in the U.S. stamp celebrating Mississippi’s 200 years of statehood.

miss05Centennial Park in Gulfport, MS

miss06U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, Musician Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant in a viewing of the stamp prior to its official unveiling.

miss07U.S.stamp honoring Mississippi’s 200th year of statehood.

miss08The official U.S. stamp unveiling at Centennial Park in Gulfport, MS (Friday, March 31, 2017)

miss09Governor Phil Bryant at the U.S. Stamp Dedication Ceremony. (Friday, March 31, 2017)

miss10The U.S. stamp honoring Mississippi’s 200th year of statehood is officially unveiled to the public.(Friday, March 31, 2017)

miss11Governor Phil Bryant at the official U.S.Stamp Dedication Ceremony. (Friday, March 31, 2017)

miss12Governor Phil Bryant with members of the U.S. military at the U.S. Stamp Dedication Ceremony. (Friday, March 31, 2017)

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