Old Capitol event commemorates Miss. secession

Historian Timothy Smith says the growing list of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is important in Mississippi because knowledge about the conflict helps explain the state’s current condition.

Smith, a Carrollton, native and a professor at the University of Tennessee-Martin, participated in a program Friday focusing on the state’s decision to secede from the Union on Jan. 9, 1861. The ramifications of that decision still linger, he said.

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