Mississippi Today joined the Mississippi Society of Georgia over the weekend to celebrate the Magnolia State’s bicentennial.
Saturday’s Mississippi Picnic in Atlanta’s Chastain Park was one of the society’s weekend activities saluting the state. The Mississippi Society began hosting summer events in 2010.
Mississippi Today social media coordinator Sereena Henderson captured scenes from the picnic in the photo gallery below.
Members of The Mississippi Society of Georgia, who organized Saturday’s picnic
Using pins, picnic-goers mark their hometowns on a Mississippi map.
A large birthday card for Mississippi was signed at the picnic. It is being sent to Gov. Phil Bryant.
A band performs during Atlanta’s Mississippi Picnic.
Ole Miss alumni, friends and family pose for a picture in front of the uinversity’s tent in Chastain Park.
Mississippi Today Co-Editor Dennis Moore and Social Media Coordinator Sereena Henderson stand under their tent at the Mississippi Picnic in Chastian Park.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles pose for a picture in front of their tent in Chastain Park.
The Delta State family poses for a picture in front of their tent in Chastain Park.
Jackson State alumni with Mississippi State’s mascot at Atlanta’s Mississippi Picnic.
Picnic-goers get a taste of Mississippi with a Penn’s catfish plate.
The Mississippi Society of Georgia awarded a scholarship to Joshua Leonce, a graduating high school senior from Alpharetta, Ga., who will attend Millsaps College in the fall. He is pictured with (left to right) Millsaps College Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Maribeth Kitchings, his mother Jo An Rochez and Lee Anne Bryan, also with Millsaps Alumni and Parent Relations.
Representatives from Mississippi’s colleges and universities
Sereena Henderson managed Mississippi Today’s social media and reported on Mississippi culture from August 2016 until June 2020. She was also a member of the engagement team and curated and delivered the daily newsletter. Sereena, a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a graduate of the Ole Miss School of Journalism and New Media.