This year marks the 180th anniversary of the founding of the City of Ripley. To mark the occasion Ripley Main Street Association will be hosting a celebration Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the courthouse square.

Ripley was incorporated on May 9, 1837 and is believed to be named after Congressional Medal holder and War of 1812 hero, General Eleazor Wheelock Ripley from New Hampshire.

“This year also marks the bicentennial for the State of Mississippi. To celebrate Mississippi Legislature partnered with the Mississippi Development Authority/Visit Mississippi and the Mississippi Humanities Council to make funding available to allow communities like ours to create programs and events to explore the history and character of our city and state. Ripley Main Street applied for this grant and was awarded $4,500 for this event and one to be held in November,” said Ripley Main Street Director Jessica Jeter.

At Tuesday’s birthday style celebration cake and drinks will be served. Ripley Main Street will also unveil a gallery of photos of the City of Ripley along with its businesses and residents in its earliest years.

Said Ripley Mayor Chris Marsalis, “I am very proud to be the mayor of our great city. Celebrating 180 years really helps put things into perspective. We are all stewards, and we work hard to provide good stewardship.”

The event is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

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