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DAR rings in Constitution Week at Old Courthouse Museum



On Tuesday, Sept. 17, chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution across the nation will ring bells to usher in Constitution Week in the U.S., celebrated from Sept. 17 through Sept. 23.

In Vicksburg, the Ashmead DAR Chapter and the Sarah Randolph Boone Society Children of the American Revolution will host the annual event on the steps of the Old Courthouse Museum.

“We will have Alderman Michael Mayfield representing Mayor George Flaggs’ office, Lt. Col. Adrienne Ruggles Eckstein (Ret.) representing our veterans, Lorelei Bookstore owner, Kelle Banks Barfield, and State Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshall Mike Chaney each speak briefly,” wrote Janis Koestler, Ashmead Chapter DAR Constitution Week co-chair, in an email.

“We gather at 3:30 p.m. on the 17th, Tuesday next, to commemorate this wonderful document that allows us to have the freedoms we so greatly cherish,” Koestler wrote.

Across the country DAR members will ring bells at 4 p.m.

Constitution Week was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the resolution into law Aug. 2, 1956.

The aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to:

  • Emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.
  • Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
  • Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

For more information, visit the DAR national website or email the Vicksburg Ashmead Chapter.


Mississippi Secretary of State and MPB partner to bring ‘Promote the Vote’ to schools



The Mississippi Secretary of State office and Mississippi Public Broadcasting are partnering again this year to bring the non-partisan Promote the Vote program to schools.

This year’s theme is “MY vote is MY voice.”

The program includes a mock election from Oct. 1 to Oct. 25, featuring a realistic ballot for the governor’s race. MPB is hosting a contest for teachers for the “Best Mock Election Precinct.” Teachers are invited to decorate their classrooms with an election theme and post two pictures tagging MPB on Facebook or Instagram. MPB will award the most festive classroom a door prize.

This year’s Promote the Vote program will also include student art and essay contests, with submissions due Dec. 6. Winners will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Mississippi State Capitol in 2020.

Encourage your child’s school or classroom to participate. For more information or to register, visit  Questions can be emailed to, or you can call 601-359-6344.

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Welcome back, Mr. Cotton



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For many, many years the residents of Vicksburg were treated to the endless stories from a local icon, Gordon Cotton.


The Vicksburg Daily News is thrilled to announce that the legendary Mr. Cotton has agreed to pen a column for us at his leisure.

At 83, Cotton is just as active as ever and just as sharp. When we met at the Old Courthouse Museum to discuss his return to writing, he explained he had been cutting wood for the winter. We then talked about a recent spill he had taken at the grocery store. He said he was fine, just got his feet tangled up. But he used the story to spin another one about how, when he got home, several people called to check on him.

One of those people was local funeral-home director and long time friend, Charles Riles. Cotton said Riles barely hid his disappointment that Cotton had picked up the phone.

Gordon Cotton is a name synonymous with Vicksburg history and preservation. He was an educator for most of his adult life, and then he ran the Old Court House museum while penning many books including several in the “Images of America: Mississippi” series. His books can be found all around town and are constantly restocked at the Old Courthouse Museum.

We at the Vicksburg Daily News are over the moon that Mr. Cotton has once again agreed to share his vast knowledge and considerable wit with the citizens of our beautiful city.

We sincerely hope you enjoy reading his stories. We also hope you learn a bit more about why Vicksburg is such an important part of the history of our great country.

In the first installment today, Cotton relates how Johnny Cash would probably still be tending the fields in Arkansas if it wasn’t for a man from Vicksburg: the late Reid Cummins.

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