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More than forty nominations have been received for the 2016 class of the Mississippi Hall of Fame, which honors women and men who made noteworthy contributions to the state’s history.

“We are excited to have such a strong slate of nominees for the Hall of Fame,” said MDAH director Katie Blount. “This list shows the deep and far-ranging nature of the accomplishments of these Mississippians.”

The Hall of Fame contains 131 distinguished Mississippians, including Gulf Coast artist Walter Anderson, author Eudora Welty, civil rights hero Medgar Evers, Choctaw chief Pushmataha, early feminist Nellie Nugent Somerville, physician Arthur C. Guyton, and federal judge Burnita Shelton Matthews. The most recent additions, elected in 2011, were medical pioneer Arthur Guyton, civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, groundbreaking judge Lucy Somerville Howorth, author Walker Percy, and musician Muddy Waters.

Any Mississippian—native or adopted—deceased at least five years may be nominated for the Hall of Fame. Nominees will be voted on by the Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History at a special meeting on December 2 in Jackson.

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The list of Hall of Fame nominees is as follows:

John Alexander

John K. Bettersworth

William W. Blanton

R. Jess Brown

Blanche K. Bruce

William Turner Catledge

Kate Freeman Clark

Peggy Jean Connor

Joshua Giles Clarke

Fannye Cook

Vernon H. Dahmer, Sr.

Andrew “Sugarman” Daniel

George Evans

Maurice Evans

Shelby Foote

James A. Ford

Evelyn Gandy

James Hardy

Aaron Henry

Jim Henson

Robert A. Hill

William Henry Holtzclaw

John Lee Hooker

Marie Hull

Charles Price Jones

Newt Knight

Muna Lee

Charles Henry Manship

Thalia Mara

Chief Phillip Martin

Gilbert Mason

Joshua Meador

Ethel Wright Mohamed

G.V. Sonny Montgomery

William Eugene Morse

William Nichols

Perry E. Nussbaum

N.W. Overstreet

Charley Patton

Elvis Presley

John C. Robinson

Jimmie Rodgers

James W. Silver

Margaret Walker

Erwin Ralph Wedel

Jamie Whitten

Ida B. Wells Barnett

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