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Mississippi's Bicentennial Celebration moves to Hancock County Saturday

Saturday, the spotlight falls on the historic depot in Bay St. Louis for a celebration of Hancock County's rich history.  (Photo source: WLOX) Saturday, the spotlight falls on the historic depot in Bay St. Louis for a celebration of Hancock County's rich history.  (Photo source: WLOX)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

This story began in 1817 when Mississippi became the 20th state. Our state's bicentennial is being recognized through a variety of events. A 200th birthday party was held two months ago at Centennial Plaza in Gulfport. On Saturday, the spotlight falls on the historic depot in Bay St. Louis for a celebration of Hancock County's rich history. 

"It's a look back at Hancock County for the 200 years," said Myrna Green with the Hancock County Tourism Bureau. "We're actually going all the way back to 1699 and bring it forward and tell the historical story of events that shaped Hancock County and made it what it is today."

Exhibits will highlight South Mississippi's west coast: French and Spanish explorers discovered this territory. Exhibits will share stories.

The Alice Mosley Festival will showcase the colorful folk artist who called Bay St. Louis home. 

Of course, the old Starr Boarding House from the film "This Property is Condemned," which was shot in the Bay, is always a favorite landmark.

The Hancock County extravaganza is designed to recognize what is and remember what was. The fact is, many of us don't even know what's in our own backyard. 

"Here at the visitor's center we tell a story and people say, 'I didn't know that.' You realize what little locals know about our own community. Sometimes you need to step back and look at the hardships and the wonderful things that happened to make out community special," Green said.  

The party gets started at 10am Saturday on the grounds of the depot with the launch of the bicentennial tribute to Hancock County. 

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