From the pain and despair of historic flooding to emotional moments in sports, see the photographs that capture some of Mississippi’s biggest moments from 2019. It was a year that Mississippians said goodbye to a senator, celebrated long-awaited education gains, witnessed Tougaloo College’s 150 year anniversary and saw firsthand the largest immigration raid in U.S. history. Mississippi Today photographer Eric J. Shelton reviewed hundreds of images that defined the year in pictures to curate this collection.  — Harvey Parson

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Eric J. Shelton was a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018. He rejoined Mississippi Today as our health photojournalist in January 2022.