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Jackson County celebrates 200th birthday

Image source: Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Image source: Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

Jackson County celebrated its 200th birthday Tuesday. The county held a big celebration to mark the very special occasion.

The front lawn of the Jackson County courthouse was transformed for this 200th year birthday bash.

More than 800 party goers listened to festive music, ate free barbeque, and read about the county's rich history.

"Jackson County is actually older than the State of Mississippi. We were formed back in 1812," Bicentennial Chairman George Sholl said. 

Since 1812, the county has seen great growth. 

"Jackson County is the industrial base for our state. We have the largest employer here in Jackson County," Supervisor Melton Harris said. 

The county's four municipalities have also developed their own distinctiveness. 

"I am happy to bring greetings from 14,000 residents of the City of Moss Point, where the past blends with the future," Moss Point Mayor Pro Tem Houston Cunningham said.

"The past reveals that artist Walter Anderson of Ocean Springs can be thanked for the city's artistic foundation," Ocean Springs High Student Emily Dalgo said. 

"We have been the county seat for Jackson County. This is where the commerce and everything takes place," Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell said. 

"Anything you want to do on vacation you can do right here in Gautier," Mayor Tommy Fortenberry said. "We have two championship golf courses and a blue ribbon school system." 

The folks in attendance said they wish another 200 years of success for Jackson County. 

"We can continue to build on what we have here and get more industry, more jobs," Senator Brice Wiggins said. 

"The people of Jackson County are its greatest resource. I think the future is bright for Jackson County, and I am extremely honored and proud to live here," Mississippi Real Estate Commission Chairmen Mark Cumbest said. 

County and city leaders also unveiled this Bicentennial Marker and time capsule during Tuesday's celebration. 

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