The museum will present Patricia Neely Dorsey, a designated Mississippi Goodwill Ambassador, for a poetry reading at the Corinth Library at 3 p.m. next Friday, Feb. 24. Her poem, “Meet My Mississippi,” was nominated for the state poem in the 2017 legislative session.
"I have always considered myself a ‘goodwill ambassador’ for Mississippi and the South,” said Dorsey, a Tupelo resident. “In college, my nicknames were Tupelo and Mississippi. Whenever my friends saw me coming, they knew that there would be some type of discourse about Mississippi and the South soon to follow — hoping to clear up their many misconceptions and preconceived notions.”
She enjoys delivering the message of a positive Mississippi and a positive southern experience in talks all around the state.
“I believe that we can bridge many gaps of misunderstanding across regional, racial, cultural, generational and economic lines by simply telling and sharing our stories,” said Neely.
She has penned two poetry collections — “Mississippi Magnolia — A Life in Poems” and “My Magnolia Memories and Musings — In Poems.”
Volunteer Freida Miller hopes people will also take some time to visit the museum at 1109 Meigg Street.
“We encourage people to come see our different stories, artifacts and celebrities,” said Miller.