Mississippi Legends

Can you name them all?

Elvis Presley, Morgan Freeman, Sela Ward, Faith Hill, Jim Henson, B. B. King, Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, John Grisham, Walter Anderson, Eudora Welty, Jimmy Buffett — and we’ve only scratched the surface! Come meet Mississippi’s legends in every area of the arts, and retrace their steps to fame, at THE MAX.

No question, Mississippi is home to some of the most creative individuals in the world. In fact, you might be surprised to learn just how many well-known names in drama, literature, music, visual arts and entertainment belong to Mississippians. Each one contributes to the global story of Mississippi’s creative legacy.

TheMAX is proud to honor the achievements of these incredibly talented Mississippians. Let us take you behind the scenes at the birthplace of your favorite stars. Explore their cultural influences, discover their sources of inspiration, glimpse their earliest forms of creative expression, and see the raw creative process behind the polished work you know and love.

Meet Mississippi’s Arts + Entertainment Legends


Faces from Mississippi shine on stage and screen. There’s Morgan Freeman, Dianne Ladd, James Earl Jones, Kermit the Frog, and many others.

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From the Appalachian foothills to the coastal sands have come literary giants like John Grisham, Margaret Walker Alexander and William Faulkner — just to name a few.

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Elvis Presley, the King of Rock N’ Roll; B.B. King, the King of the Blues; Opera Diva Leontyne Price; and Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music; are just a few names you might know.

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Visual Arts

Painters, potters, quilters, basket weavers, sculptors and carvers have left their mark on Mississippi: Artists like George Ohr, William Eggleston, Richmond Barthe, and William Dunlap.

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Oprah, Zig Ziglar, Robin Roberts, Jerry Clower, and many other entertainment heroes hail from Mississippi, from comedians, news anchors and film producers to the founder of MTV.

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