Famous People from Mississippi

Can you name these famous Mississippians based on a short clue?
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Last updated: January 8, 2020
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Clue
Hometown
Answer
The King of Rock & Roll
Tupelo
Elvis Presley
Creator of "The Muppets"
Greenville
Jim Henson
This TV host is the second richest African-American
Kosciusko
Oprah Winfrey
King of the delta blues singers who, according to legend, sold his soul
at the crossroads
Hazlehurst
Robert Johnson
Blues guitarist who died in 2015 with a guitar named Lucille
Indianola
B.B. King
"Crank That" rapper
Batesville
Soulja Boy
Super Bowl winning Packers quarterback
Kiln
Brett Favre
NFL quarterback, father to Peyton and Eli
Drew
Archie Manning
"A Streetcar Named Desire" playwright
Clarksdale
Tennessee Williams
Negro League baseball great known as "Cool Papa"
Starkville
Cool Papa Bell
Actor who narrates just about everything and owns a
blues club in Clarksdale
Charleston
Morgan Freeman
Country singer who sang "This Kiss" and is married to Tim McGraw
Star
Faith Hill
"The Sound and the Fury" author who won the Nobel Prize in 1949
Oxford
William Faulkner
Civil Rights activist who was assassinated in 1963 and whose killers were
finally brought to justice in 1994
Decatur
Medgar Evers
The Chicago Bears all-time leading running back
Columbia
Walter Payton
Greatest NFL receiver of all time
Starkville
Jerry Rice
'N Sync band member who came out as gay in 2006
Ellisville
Lance Bass
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Level 78
Jan 1, 2015
Sad that less than a third knew Faulkner.
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Level 65
May 22, 2015
Rip BB King...needs updating. So long Riley.
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Level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
Finally updated.
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Level 57
Aug 12, 2015
It's Carrie Underwood who does the Sunday Night Football song.
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Level 78
Aug 12, 2015
Yep. She replaced Faith Hill in 2013.
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Level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
This clue has been updated.
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Level 69
Aug 12, 2015
Too Mississippi-centric.
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Level 82
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.
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Level 58
Aug 12, 2015
Definitely should update the BB King and Faith Hill questions to have accurate clues.
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Level 59
Aug 12, 2015
maybe the year made needs to start accompanying these quizzes
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Level 84
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.
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Level 85
Jun 7, 2019
I thought Jones as well. He narrates a LOT!
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Level 86
Mar 19, 2020
But does he own a blues club in Clarksdale?
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Level 63
Mar 19, 2020
Britney was born in Mississippi. She should be on here.
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Level 45
Mar 22, 2020
Lance Bass- born in Laurel, grew up in Clinton
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Level 52
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.