Vicksburg 200 Committee Invites Ideas for Bicentennial Activities and Announces Logo Contest

Mayor George Flaggs and members of the Vicksburg 200 Committee today announced initial plans for the commemoration of the city’s incorporation on January 29, 1825. The Vicksburg Bicentennial Planning Team includes government officials from the city ​​as well as members of the business community, tourism industry and citizen organizations. Their goal is to engage residents in activities that will educate and entertain the public and attract visitors to one of the region’s richest and most diverse cultures.

Members of the Vicksburg 200 committee include:

  • Anne Elizabeth Buys, Chamber of Commerce staff member and committee organizer
  • Walter Osborne, Vicksburg administration
  • Pablo Diaz, Chamber of Commerce and EDF
  • Laura Beth Strickland, Visit Vicksburg
  • Erin Southard, Vicksburg Convention Center
  • Kim Hopkins, Vicksburg Main Street
  • Bess Averett, Friends of Vicksburg
  • Linda Fondren, founder of the Catfish Row Museum
  • Kelle Barfield, owner of Lorelei Books

At a press conference announcing the launch of the committee, representatives outlined examples of activities to be planned up to and throughout 2025. The group intends to work with area teachers to develop educational opportunities that highlight Vicksburg’s rich history and raise awareness of the city’s diverse backgrounds. They will create a program of arts, performance and culinary events to entertain residents and visitors alike while showcasing the tremendous talent to be found in Vicksburg. The committee also hopes to inspire civic projects by community groups, churches and youth groups that will improve Vicksburg for residents and guests. Anyone wishing to contribute ideas or volunteer to organize activities for the commemoration of the bicentenary can send an email to [email protected].

The Vicksburg 200 Committee has announced its first opportunity for community involvement in the design of the commemorative logo. Artists wishing to submit camera-ready graphic designs suitable for print materials, signage and apparel can visit or click on the following QR code to download a design submission form.

The logo must include the word Vicksburg, the word Mississippi and the number 200 and/or the word Bicentennial. The deadline for submission is September 15 at 5 p.m. Committee members will refine the selections, providing the public with the opportunity to vote on the final logo design. The winning logo will be unveiled at the end of October.

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