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Historical Society guest to talk on 'Hunting for Dead Governors'

 

Dispatch Staff Report

 

 

The Noxubee County Historical Society will host speaker Nick Walters Tuesday, Aug. 21 at a covered dish supper meeting of the Noxubee County Historical Society at the American Legion Hut in Macon. The topic is "Hunting for Dead Governors." 

 

Walters, of Wiggins, said, "Of the 56 men who have served as governor of Mississippi (territory and state), five are still living, and I have found the graves of 47 of the 51 remaining ones. They are scattered from coast to coast, in foreign countries, and one is lost to history.  

 

"My focus will be on four of them from east Mississippi: Ridgley Powers from Noxubee County, John Jones Pettus from Kemper County, and two Whitfields from Lowndes County (James and Henry). Finding their final resting places has been an adventure, and I look forward to sharing my tales -- many of which are true -- with the Society members and guests." 

 

Walters has parlayed his involvement in Mississippi politics into several businesses he manages including a grant-writing firm and business development company. He serves as an adjunct professor of history at Belhaven University and is a seventh-generation Mississippian. He and his wife live in Ridgeland with their three children. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Mississippi College. 

 

The meeting will take place at the American Legion Hut on the corner of Pearl and Wayne Streets in Macon. The gathering begins at 6 p.m.; supper is at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to bring a covered dish.  

 

For more information, email Martha Stennis at stennismartha@gmail.com.

 

 

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