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On this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Mississippi Mass Choir Executive Director and pastor Jerry Mannery.

Mannery has lived a colorful life that includes being in the first class to integrate Florence High School to being in the Navy. From his time as a Jackson Firefighter, an executive at Malaco Record, a poet, a songwriter, a pastor of We Are One United Methodist Church and a founding member of the world-famous Mississippi Mass Choir, Jerry has done it all.

He discusses his life, the choir, his family and how his faith has influenced it all. This is a great conversation with a Mississippi legend.



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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.