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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Miss Mississippi

 
 
Miss Mississippi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. Miss Mississippi Marker
Inscription.  The Miss Mississippi Scholarship Pageant was started in 1934 with the annual event held in different cities until 1958. In that year, Vicksburg hosted its first pageant under the leadership of Mayor Johnny Holland and the Vicksburg Jaycees, and it has been the home of the event ever since. In 1959, Mary Ann Mobley was crowned Miss Mississippi in Vicksburg and went on to become Mississippi's first Miss America. That success was repeated the next year, when Lynda Lee Mead, representing the University of Mississippi, was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City. Twenty years later, Cheryl Prewitt of Ackerman held the Miss America title and then in 1986 Susan Akin of Meridian was crowned. The Miss Mississippi Pageant is one of the top scholarship contributors in the Miss America organization.
Sponsored by the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 
Erected 2008 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentNotable Events. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
 
Location. 32° 
Miss Mississippi Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. Miss Mississippi Mural
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21.138′ N, 90° 52.998′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Levee Street and Grove Street, on the left when traveling north on Levee Street. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals are located on the Yazoo Diversion Canal levee wall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Levee Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Koestler Bakery's Christmas Tree Lane (here, next to this marker); LeTourneau (here, next to this marker); Governor and Mrs. Kirk Fordice (a few steps from this marker); Vicksburg's Original Floodwall (a few steps from this marker); Jitney Jungle (a few steps from this marker); Rosa A. Temple High School (a few steps from this marker); "Two Bridges at Sunset" (a few steps from this marker); "Gold in the Hills" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Vicksburg Riverfront Mural website. (Submitted on June 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals.
Mary Ann Mobley (left) / Lynda Lee Mead (right) image. Click for full size.
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4. Mary Ann Mobley (left) / Lynda Lee Mead (right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on June 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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