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The Southern Woman can be credited for being known as the "Steel Magnolia".... and rightly so.

What is a "Southern Belle" ? 
She is tough when times are hard. 

She stands by her man and her country when things are falling down all around her. 

She protects her family and what she holds sacred- 
at all cost. 

Below is a list of Southern Women who are Mississippi Southern Belles. We hold them dear. 

Visit their world and find out what treasures 
Mississippi has given America and the 

Margaret Walker Alexander

Margeret Alexander was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She became a Professor of Jackson State University in the 1960's.  She wrote and published Jubilee in 1966. 

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Nevada Barr 

She was born in Nevada and now lives 
in Clinton, Mississippi. She was once emplyed by the  National Park Service as a ranger and worked along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. She is most known for her 
series of mystery novels. 

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Beth Henley

She is a famous Pulitzer Prize winning 
Mississippi Playwright born in Jackson, MS. 

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Eudora Welty

She was born April 13, 1909.  Welty is a life-long resident of Jackson, Mississippi. 
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Oprah Winfrey

Born in Kosciusko,Mississippi on January 29,1954. Oprah Winfrey has been called "The Nation's Best  Girlfriend"  Her long-running talk show draws many viewers daily. 
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Faith Hill

Faith was born Audrey Faith Perry Hill on September 21, 1967 in Jackson. Her hometown is Star, Mississippi. She is one of the country's leading Country Music singers today. 
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Ethel Wright Mohamed 

Famous for her art stitchery portraying 
Mississippi images; many of her works are on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institution 

  Leontyne Price

Operatic soprano, first black to achieve stardom in opera, winner of fifteen Grammy awards! Leontyne is a famous opera singer from 
Laurel, Mississippi. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 
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LeAnn Rimes

Born in Pearl, Mississippi, LeAnne 
Rimes has qucikly become one of the most popular country music singers of our time (and the youngest) 
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Miss America's
Mary Ann Mobley (Brandon) - Actress; Miss America 1959 

Linda Lee Mead (Natchez) - Miss America 1960 

Cheryl Prewitt (Ackerman) - Miss America 1980 

Susan Akin (Meridian) - Miss America 1986 

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