The Mississippi Statehood commemorative Forever stamp is the latest addition to the Postal Service’s Statehood series. On Friday, March 31, the First-Day-Of-Issue ceremony commemorating the Magnolia state's 200th birthday took place at the South Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration at Centennial Plaza in Gulfport, MS.
“We are thrilled to dedicate the Mississippi Statehood Forever stamp to honor a state that has been very instrumental to American ingenuity and the American spirit,” said James P. Cochrane, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President. “This stamp represents the music, the mystery, the heart and soul of Mississippi. It is my hope that the 200th anniversary of Mississippi statehood, combined with this wonderful stamp, can begin a dialogue about what Mississippi has meant to the country and to the world.”
Cochrane was joined at the dedication ceremony by Mississippi District Manager Elizabeth Johnson, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant; Gulfport, MS, Mayor Billy Hewes; Father Michael O’Connor; and Laura Lee Lewis, Miss Mississippi 2016.
"As the Birthplace of America's Music, the state of Mississippi is honored to be recognized by the United States Postal Service with this commemorative stamp on our 200th birthday," said Governor Bryant. "We invite the world to join us as we celebrate our unique music, cuisine and culture all year long."
The stamp features a photograph taken by Lou Bopp in 2009. It shows a close-up of a musician’s hands as he plays his guitar. Mississippi is the birthplace of many legendary blues artists who helped create a uniquely American genre of music, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. Also, Mississippi is home to renowned writers William Faulkner, Richard Wright and Tennessee Williams.