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Fun Mississippi Facts
¬ “Mississippi” is Choctaw for “Father of Waters,” referring to the mighty river for which the state is named.
¬ The state averages one per boat for every ten people.
¬ The University of Mississippi Blues Archive is the only research facility in the country dedicated to the study of the blues.
¬ Mississippi boasts more churches per capita than any other state.
¬ The world’s first human heart and lung transplants were performed in 1964 in Jackson at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
¬ The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was founded in Crystal Springs in 1909.
¬ Eighty percent of the world’s farm-raised catfish comes from Mississippi; 120 catfish farms cover more than 40,000 acres, approximately 6,000 catfish per acre.
¬ The oldest book in the United States, an ancient Biblical manuscript, is housed at the University of Mississippi.
¬ In 1946, Elvis Presley bought his first guitar at Tupelo Hardware in Tupelo, MS.
Facts taken from INSIDERS’ GUIDE
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