June 27, 2008
Convention and Visitors Bureau
"Pageant Produced Four Miss Americas"
Miss Mississippi Scholarship Pageant was started in 1934 with the
annual event held in different cities until 1958. In that year,
Vicksburg hosted its first pageant under the leadership of Mayor
Johnny Holland and the Vicksburg Jaycees, and it
has been the home of the event ever since.
1959, Mary Ann Mobley was crowned Miss Mississippi in Vicksburg and
went on to become Mississippi's first Miss America. That success
was repeated the next year, when Lynda Lee Mead representing the
University of Mississippi was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City.
years later, Cheryl Prewitt of Ackerman held the Miss America title
and then in 1986 Susan Akin of Meridian was crowned.
Miss Mississippi Pageant is
one of the top scholarship contributors in
the Miss America organization.
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