The state of Mississippi contains a deep reservoir of stories from African-American culture, indigenous peoples and descendants of white settlers.  It was one of the seven original Confederate states, with an economy heavily reliant on slave labor and cotton production.  Even after the Civil War and the 1930s Great Migration, Mississippi has the highest percentage of African-Americans in the United States.   The Mississippi Delta is known as one of the birthplaces of blues music.

Mississippi’s subtropical climate, the Delta and its namesake river all serve as vivid backdrops for ghost stories like Billy Ray or Mississippi Rose, or witch tales like Sop Doll.  Read these and more Mississippi stories below.