Famous People from Mississippi

Can you name these famous Mississippians based on a short clue?
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Last updated: January 8, 2020
First submittedSeptember 4, 2012
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The King of Rock & Roll
Elvis Presley
Creator of "The Muppets"
Jim Henson
This TV host is the second richest African-American
Oprah Winfrey
King of the delta blues singers who, according to legend, sold his soul
at the crossroads
Robert Johnson
Blues guitarist who died in 2015 with a guitar named Lucille
B.B. King
"Crank That" rapper
Soulja Boy
Super Bowl winning Packers quarterback
Brett Favre
NFL quarterback, father to Peyton and Eli
Archie Manning
"A Streetcar Named Desire" playwright
Tennessee Williams
Negro League baseball great known as "Cool Papa"
Cool Papa Bell
Actor who narrates just about everything and owns a
blues club in Clarksdale
Morgan Freeman
Country singer who sang "This Kiss" and is married to Tim McGraw
Faith Hill
"The Sound and the Fury" author who won the Nobel Prize in 1949
William Faulkner
Civil Rights activist who was assassinated in 1963 and whose killers were
finally brought to justice in 1994
Medgar Evers
The Chicago Bears all-time leading running back
Walter Payton
Greatest NFL receiver of all time
Jerry Rice
'N Sync band member who came out as gay in 2006
Lance Bass
Level 77
Jan 1, 2015
Sad that less than a third knew Faulkner.
Level 64
May 22, 2015
Rip BB King...needs updating. So long Riley.
Level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
Finally updated.
Level 57
Aug 12, 2015
It's Carrie Underwood who does the Sunday Night Football song.
Level 77
Aug 12, 2015
Yep. She replaced Faith Hill in 2013.
Level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
This clue has been updated.
Level 70
Aug 12, 2015
Too Mississippi-centric.
Level 83
Aug 12, 2015
I know fudge all about sports most of the time but I still should have gotten Jerry Rice... dad used to win his fantasy football leagues with him all the time.
Level 58
Aug 12, 2015
Definitely should update the BB King and Faith Hill questions to have accurate clues.
Level 61
Aug 12, 2015
maybe the year made needs to start accompanying these quizzes
Level 85
Aug 12, 2015
For narrator, I kept trying James Earl Jones ("this is CNN") before getting to Freeman. Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, so he is a legit answer. Both merit inclusion, perhaps with more precise clues.
Level 86
Jun 7, 2019
I thought Jones as well. He narrates a LOT!
Level 86
Mar 19, 2020
But does he own a blues club in Clarksdale?
Level 63
Mar 19, 2020
Britney was born in Mississippi. She should be on here.
Level 45
Mar 22, 2020
Lance Bass- born in Laurel, grew up in Clinton
Level 58
Dec 10, 2020
Because I really don't know much about mainstream sports, I missed Jerry Rice and Cool Papa Bell. Also, because I don't keep up with popular music and I am well into my 40s, I missed Soulja Boy. I got everything else.

It could be interesting to put something about the Miss Americas that have come out of Mississippi, including the 2 that were back-to-back. Also, James Earl Jones would be a good addition to this quiz.

Also, Katrina was really, really bad, yes, but people forget about Camille which was not as big and didn't carry as much of a storm surge, but was a more intense hurricane upon landfall. Camille split an island in two and there is a big channel in-between them now! And the remnants of Camille tons of people in mountain country in Virginia via landslides.

Still, a pretty good quiz for my native state.