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Quiltfolk Issue 26

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It’s no secret that Mississippi is known for its legendary hospitality; it is a place where visitors are welcomed with open arms and made to feel like family. Quiltfolk found a lot of it while on the road for Issue 26. In fact, the very first restaurant we popped into, The Trusty Diner in Water Valley, was sharing our visit on their social media before we were! The people of Mississippi are renowned for their genuine kindness and warmth, and they are always eager to share their rich culture and history with visitors. From Southern comfort food to historic sites, lively music and festivals, Mississippi’s hospitality is an experience that truly embodies the heart and soul of the state. It’s the home of one of the most defining battles of the American Civil War, the Battle of Vicksburg, where Union forces gained control of the entire Mississippi River and cut the Western states off. This would later characterize the civil rights movement’s fight for freedom and equality. The state honors its remarkable cultural contributions through hundreds of historical markers located along its Blues Trail, Country Music Trail, Freedom Trail, and Literary Trail. Mississippi’s cuisine is celebrated for its iconic Southern flavors, from chicken and waffles and craft beer to lemonade and delectable desserts. There is an abundance of must-visit hot spots and food tours scattered throughout the state, each providing a unique culinary experience. And of course, there is the music. Mississippi’s rich musical history speaks to generations of music lovers. The legends of the blues and country music are deeply intertwined in the state’s past—legends like B.B. King and Charley Pride. Whether you’re into blues, rock, gospel, or country, Mississippi is home to some of the greatest musicians and bands of all time. The Magnolia State is chock-full of art, culture, food, history, and music and is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. With all that hospitality, you’re sure to find a friendly Mississippian to show you the best this state has to offer. We sure did. Writers for this issue: Meg Cox, Mel Burke, Diane L. Murtha, Frances O’Roark Dowell, Sharbreon Plummer, Carmen Schell, Teresa Duryea Wong and Megan Patton Photographer for this issue: Azuree Holloway Photo Stylist: Trevor Holloway Offset printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated paper. Printed in the USA.