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Friday, April 28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, April 29, 1–5 p.m. at Historic Jefferson College. Icons of Statehood. Mississippi’s first constitution, drafted on the grounds in 1817, and a rare, 20-star US flag that flew over the nation after Mississippi became a state will be on display in Prospere Hall.

On Friday a program beginning at 1 p.m. will feature remarks from Natchez mayor Darryl Grennell and a presentation by staff of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on the artifacts. The first governor of the state, David Holmes, will be portrayed by living historian Stacey Carden, and staff will offer children’s activities throughout the day, as well as a 200th-birthday cake.

The flag and constitution will again be on display on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., during which time the public can enjoy living history portrayals of Governor Holmes by Carden, and children’s activities. At 2 p.m. MDAH staff will give their presentation on the history of the two artifacts, and refreshments will be available from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Co-sponsors of the event include Annandale Chapter, William Dunbar Chapter, James Foster Chapter, and Natchez Chapter, Mississippi State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information on the exhibit or programs, call 601-442-2901 or email

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