List of people from Mississippi

List of people from Mississippi

This is a list of famous and notable people who were born or lived in Mississippi.

Activists and advocates

* Curtis Conway "C.C." Bryant, African American civil rights leader, (Tylertown)
* James Chaney, African American civil rights worker, (Meridian)
* Vernon Dahmer, African American civil rights leader, (Hattiesburg)
* Charles Evers, African American civil rights leader, (Decatur)
* Medgar Evers, African American civil rights leader, (Decatur)
* Myrlie Evers, African American civil rights leader, (Vicksburg)
* Clarence LaVaughn "C.L." Franklin, African American civil rights leader, Baptist minister, Father of Aretha Franklin, (Shelby)
* Dianna Freelon-Foster, African American civil rights activist, Member of the Mississippi Civil Rights Education Commission, (Grenada)
* Fannie Lou Hamer, American voting rights activist, Civil rights leader, (Ruleville)
* Clyde Kennard, (Hattiesburg)
* James Meredith, First African-American student at the University of Mississippi, (Kosciusko)
* Anne Moody, (Centreville)
* Jody Renaldo, LGBT civil rights activist, founder Equality Mississippi, (Pearl)
* Ida B. Wells-Barnett, African American civil rights activist, Women's rights activist, (Holly Springs)


* Mary Alice, (Indianola)
* Dana Andrews, (Covington County)
* Jimmy Boyd, (McComb)
* Lacey Chabert, (Purvis)
* Jason Dottley, actor in "Sordid Lives" stage production and Logo television series, (Florence)
* John Dye, (Amory)
* Morgan Freeman, (Greenwood)
* Allie Grant, (Tupelo)
* Gary Grubbs, (Amory)
* Lynn Hamilton, (Yazoo City)
* Beth Henley, (Jackson)
* Jim Henson, creator of "The Muppets", (Leland)
* Anthony Herrera, (Wiggins)
* Eddie Hodges, (Hattiesburg)
* Don Jeffcoat, (Gulfport)
* James Earl Jones, (Arkabutla)
* Simbi Khali, (Jackson)
* Diane Ladd, (Meridian)
* Daniel Curtis Lee, (Clinton)
* Tom Lester, (Jackson)
* Shane McRae, (Starkville)
* Gerald McRaney, (Collins)
* Mary Ann Mobley, (Brandon)
* Parker Posey, (Laurel)
* Evelyn Preer, (Vicksburg)
* Thalmus Rasulala, (Arkabutla)
* Beah Richards, (Vicksburg)
* Eric Roberts, (Biloxi)
* Stella Stevens, (Yazoo City)
* James Michael Tyler, (Winona)
* Ray Walston, (Laurel)
* Sela Ward, (Meridian)
* James Wheaton, (Meridian)
* Oprah Winfrey, (Kosciusko)


* James McConnell Anderson, potter, painter, (Ocean Springs)
* Peter Anderson (artist), potter, (Ocean Springs)
* Rick Anderson, painter, children's book illustrator, (Clinton) [cite web
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* Walter Inglis Anderson, painter, (Ocean Springs)
* Earl W. Bascom, painter and sculptor, (Columbia)
* Howard Bingham, photographer, (Jackson)
* Bruce Brady, bronze sculptor, Sculpted Conerly Trophy, (Brookhaven)
* William Dunlap, painter, (Webster County native) [cite web
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* William Hollingsworth, Jr., painter, (Jackson) [cite web
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* George E. Ohr, potter, (Biloxi)
* Chase Quarterman, painter (Jackson) []
* Kim Sessums, bronze sculptor and painter, (Brookhaven) [ cite web
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* Floyd Shaman, sculptor, (Cleveland)
* Eudora Welty, primarily a writer but also known for her photography, (Jackson)
* Wyatt Waters, painter, (Clinton) [cite web
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Athletes and sports-related people

* Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, (Gulfport)
* Lance Alworth, (Brookhaven)
* Jerome Barkum ,WR,TE New York Jets. (Gulfport)
* Lem Barney, (Gulfport)
* Earl W. Bascom, rodeo pioneer and champion, co-produced first rodeo in Columbia, Mississippi in 1935, designed and built Mississippi's first permanent rodeo arena and grandstands in 1936
* Texas Rose Bascom, rodeo trick rider and trick roper, toured world with Bob Hope as "World's Greatest Female Trick Roper", (Columbia)
* Weldon Bascom, rodeo pioneer and champion, co-produced first rodeo in Columbia, Mississippi
* Cool Papa Bell, (Starkville)
* Jonathan Bender, (Picayune)
* Ruthie Bolton, (Lucedale)
* Ralph Boston, (Laurel)
* Dennis Ray "Oil Can" Boyd, (Meridian)
* Jeff Brantley, former major-league pitcher, current ESPN analyst, played baseball at Mississippi State University, (Starkville)
* Terrell Buckley, (Pascagoula)
* Ellis Burks, (Vicksburg)
* Cooper Carlisle, (Greenville)
* Lee Calhoun, winner of two Olympic gold metals, (Laurel)
* Van Chancellor, (Louisville)
* Rod Coleman, (Vicksburg)
* Reggie Collier, (D'Iberville)
* Charlie Conerly, (Clarksdale)
* Joe Courtney, (Jackson)
* Erick Dampier, (New Hebron)
* Rod Davis, Carolina Panthers, (Gulfport)
* Dizzy Dean, (Wiggins)
* Ted DiBiase, former professional wrestler, (Clinton)
* Jim Dunaway, (Columbia)
* Marcus Dupree, (Philadelphia)
* Ronald Dupree, (Biloxi)
* Monta Ellis, (Jackson)
* Brett Favre, former quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, currently with New York Jets (Kiln)
* David "Boo" Ferriss, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, (Shaw)
* Tim Floyd, (Hattiesburg)
* Jim Gallagher, Jr., professional golfer, (Greenwood)
* Leslie Frazier, defensive coordinator for the Minnesota vikings (Columbus)
* Charles Gavin, (Laurel)
* Gerald Glass, professional basketball player, (Greenwood)
* Lancaster Gordon, (Jackson)
* Hugh Green, football, (Natchez)
* Litterial Green, (Pascagoula)
* Louis Green, (Vicksburg)
* L. C. Greenwood, (Canton)
* Cedric Griffin, football, (Natchez)
* Justin Griffith, (Magee)
* Bobby Hamilton, (Columbia)
* Othella Harrington, professional basketball player, (Jackson)
* Charlie Hayes, (Hattiesburg)
* Joe Horn, receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, (Tupelo)
* Lindsey Hunter, professional basketball player, (Utica)
* Al Jefferson, (Monticello)
* Matt Lawton, (Gulfport)
* Nook Logan, baseball, (Natchez)
* Ken Lucas, Carolina Panthers, (Cleveland)
* Kris Mangum, Carolina Panthers, (Magee)
* Archie Manning, Former quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, father of Payton Manning Quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts and 2007 Super Bowl MVP and Eli Manning Quarterback 2008 Super Bowl MVP of the New York Giants (Drew)
* Danny Manning, (Hattiesburg)
* Justin Mapp, (Brandon)
* Shane Matthews, (Pascagoula)
* Deuce McAllister, New Orleans Sants (Morton)
* Antonio McDyess, (Quitman)
* Derrick McKey, former professional basketball player, (Meridian)
* Steve McNair, quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, (Mount Olive)
* Eric Moulds, (Lucedale)
* Jerious Norwood, Atlanta Falcons (Jackson)
* Roy Oswalt, (Weir)
* Claude Passeau, former major-league pitcher, (Lucedale)
* Eddie Payton, (Columbia)
* Walter Payton, (Columbia)
* Todd Pinkston, (Forest)
* Clinton Portis, (Laurel)
* Armintie Price, (Myrtle)
* Justin Reed, (Jackson)
* Jerry Rice, (Starkville)
* James Robinson, (Jackson)
* Billy Shaw, (Natchez)
* Chris Shivers, professional bull rider, (Natchez)
* Eugene Short, (Hattiesburg)
* Purvis Short, (Hattiesburg)
* Jackie Slater, (Jackson)
* Calvin Smith, (Bolton)
* Jimmy Lee Smith, (Jackson)
* Lake Speed, (Jackson)
* Savante Stringfellow, (Jackson)
* Fred Thomas, cornerback for the New Orleans Saints, (Bruce)
* Willie Totten, (Leflore County)
* Billy Truax,TE Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys. Gulfport
* Jermaine Van Buren, (Laurel)
* Margaret Wade, (Cleveland)
* Harry Walker, former professional baseball player, (Pascagoula)
* Wesley Walls, (Batesville)
* Tom Walters, safety for the Washington Redskins, (Petal)
* Herb Washington, sprinter and a successful owner of McDonald's franchises, (Belzoni)
* Clarence Weatherspoon, (Crawford)
* Skeeter Webb, professional baseball player, (Meridian)
* Frank White, professional baseball player, (Greenville)
* Sammy Winder, (Madison)
* Floyd Womack, Seattle Seahawks, (Cleveland)
* Dmitri Young, (Vicksburg)
* Walter Young, professional baseball player, (Hattiesburg)

Broadcast media personalities

* Red Barber, sportscaster, (Columbus)
* Robin Roberts, (Pass Christian)
* Doug Russell, sportscaster, (Jackson)
* Tavis Smiley, (Gulfport)
* Shepard Smith, newscaster, (Holly Springs)
* Oprah Winfrey, talk show hostess, (Kosciusko)


* Blake Buck, (Jackson)Fact|date = September 2008
* Jerry Clower, (Liberty)
* David L. Cook, (Pascagoula)
* Mack Dryden, (Moss Point)


* Fannie C. Williams, (Biloxi)

Entrepreneurs/Business leaders

* Jim Barksdale, founder of Netscape, (Jackson)
* Fred Carl, Jr., founder of Viking Range Corporation, (Greenwood)
* James Breckenridge Speed, industrial pioneer
* Toxey Haas, founder Mossy Oak Brand camouflage, (West Point)
* Sam Haskell, former worldwide head of television for the William Morris Agency, (Amory)
* Ken Lewis, Chairman, CEO, and President of Bank of America Corporation, (Meridian)
* Hu Meena, founder of Cellular South, (Clarksdale)
* Hartley Peavey, founder of Peavey Electronics, (Starkville)
* Robert "Bob" Pittman, founder MTV, former CEO and COO AOL, (Jackson)
* J. H. Rush, founder of Rush's Infirmary, the first private hospital in Meridian, Mississippi, (De Kalb)
* Fred Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx, (Marks)
* [ Larry A. Thompson] , television producer, (Clarksdale)


* Charles Burnett, (Vicksburg)
* Jamaa Fanaka, (Jackson)
* Lawrence Gordon, producer of Die Hard and other films, (Yazoo City)


* David Herbert Donald, (Goodman)


* Earl W. Bascom, invented the hornless rodeo saddle and the rodeo one-handed bareback rigging, (Columbia)
* Harry A. Cole, inventor of Pine-Sol, (Jackson)
* Joseph Newman, inventor of the Newman motor, (Lucedale)

Jurists and lawyers

* William Wirt Adams, (Jackson)
* Rhesa H. Barksdale, (Jackson)
* Gerald Chatham, lawyer, lead prosecutor in the Emmett Till case [] , (Hernando)
* Bobby DeLaughter, (Jackson)
* Felix Huston, lawyer, (Natchez)
* Thomas Rodney, (Natchez)
* Richard "Dick" Scruggs, attorney, (Pascagoula)

Military figures

* Nathan Bedford Forrest, (Hernando)
* Felix Huston, (Natchez)
* Samuel Reeves Keesler, (Greenwood)
* John S. McCain, Sr., Admiral in the US Navy, (Teoc)
* Charles Read, (Meridian)

Musicians and performers

* 3 Doors Down, band, (Escatawpa)
* Tommy Aldridge, drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake. (Pearl)
* Afroman, (Hattiesburg)
* Steve Azar, (Greenville)
* Glen Ballard, (Natchez)
* David Banner, rapper/producer, (Jackson)
* Lance Bass, member of pop group 'N Sync, born in Laurel, raised in Clinton
* Beanland, jam band (Oxford)
* Blind Melon, (Starkville)
* Eddie Boyd, blues musician, (Clarksdale)
* Bobby Bradford, (Cleveland)
* Cory Branan, (Southhaven)
* Brandy, (McComb)
* Cindy Jeffcoats-Pickett, Songwriter, Author,(Madison)
* Big Bill Broonzy, (Scott County)
* Eddie "Bongo" Brown, percussionist, (Clarksdale)
* Jimmy Buffett, (Pascagoula)
* R. L. Burnside, (Harmontown)
* G. C. Cameron, (Jackson)
* Odia Coates, (Vicksburg)
* Hank Cochran, (Isola)
* David L. Cook, (Pascagoula)
* Sam Cooke, (Clarksdale)
* The Cook Family Singers, (Pascagoula)
* James Cotton, (Tunica)
* Arthur Crudup, (Forest)
* George Cummings, (Meridian)
* Olu Dara, jazz musician, (Natchez)
* Paul Davis, singer, (Meridian)
* Wayne Davis, leads singer and guitarist for Acoustic rock band Guncoma (Oxford)
* Daybreakdown, Southern rock band (Oxford)
* Al Denson, (Starkville)
* Bo Diddley, (McComb)
* Willie Dixon, (Vicksburg)
* Nate Dogg, (Clarksdale)
* Shelly Fairchild, (Clinton)
* Joe Fisher, blues musician, (Yazoo City)
* Steve Forbert, (Meridian)
* C. L. Franklin, (Sunflower County)
* Bobbie Gentry, (Greenwood)
* Mickey Gilley, (Natchez)
* Glen Graham, (Columbus)
* Caroline Herring, bluegrass musician, (Canton) []
* Michael Henderson, (Yazoo City)
* Faith Hill, country/pop singer, (Jackson)
* John Lee Hooker, (Clarksdale)
* Big Walter Horton, (Horn Lake)
* Son House, (Riverton)
* Guy Hovis, (Tupelo)
* Cary Hudson, lead singer and guitarist for alt-country band Blue Mountain (Sumrall)
* John Joe Humphreys, blues musician, (Yazoo City)
* Mississippi John Hurt, (Teoc)
* Clifton Hyde, Hattiesburg
* Vasti Jackson, (McComb)
* Elmore James, (Richland)
* Skip James, (Bentonia)
* Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson, drummer in The Allman Brothers Band, (Ocean Springs)
* Big Jack Johnson, blues musician, (Clarksdale)
* Robert Johnson, (Hazlehurst)
* Junior Kimbrough, (Hudsonville)
* Albert King, (Indianola)
* B. B. King, (Itta Bena)
* Fern Kinney, rhythm & blues and disco music entertainer, (Jackson)
* Kudzu Kings, band (Oxford)
* Sonny Landreth, (Canton)
* Chris LeDoux, (Biloxi)
* Shane Martin, guitarist for SHeDAISY. (Cleveland)
* Mayhem String Band, bluegrass band (Oxford)
* Patrick McClary, lead singer and guitarist for Southern rock band Daybreakdown (Jackson)
* Tommy McClennan, (Yazoo City)
* George McConnell, guitarist, (Vicksburg)
* Kansas Joe McCoy, (Raymond)
* Papa Charlie McCoy, (Jackson)
* Fred McDowell, (Como)
* C. H. "Tally" McGraw, (Yazoo City)
* Little Milton, (Inverness)
* Mississippi Mass Choir, (Jackson)
* Patrice Moncell, (Meridian)
* Dorothy Moore, gospel singer, (Jackson)
* Charlie Musselwhite, (Kosciusko)
* Danny Myrick, (Pascagoula)
* North Mississippi Allstars, band, (Hernando)
* Brandy Norwood, (McComb)
* Alexander O'Neal, (Natchez)
* Paul Ott, (McComb)
* Junior Parker, (Clarksdale)
* Michael Passons, gospel singer, (Yazoo City)
* Charley Patton, (Edwards)
* Elvis Presley, (Tupelo)
* Leontyne Price, opera singer, (Laurel)
* Charley Pride, (Sledge)
* Puerto Rican Rum Drunks, band (Starkville)
* Newt Rayburn, (Oxford)
* Jimmy Reed, (Dunleith)
* Del Rendon, (Starkville)
* LeAnn Rimes, (Pearl)
* Jimmie Rodgers, (Meridian)
* Jimmy Rogers, blues musician, (Ruleville)
* David Ruffin, former lead singer of The Temptations, (Whynot)
* Jimmy Ruffin, singer, (Collinsville)
* Bobby Rush, (Jackson)
* Otis Rush, blues musician, (Philadelphia)
* Magic Sam, (Grenada)
* Jeff Savage, Music Producer and Songwriter,(Clinton)
* Scott Savage, former drummer of Grammy and Dove award winning band Jars of Clay,(Clinton)
* Saving Abel, band (Corinth)
* Jumpin' Gene Simmons, rockabilly singer, (Tupelo)
* Brad Smith, bass player for Blind Melon, (West Point)
* Otis Spann, blues musician, (Jackson)
* Britney Spears, (McComb)
* Pops Staples, lead singer of The Staple Singers, (Winona)
* Rogers Stevens, (West Point)
* Lisa Stewart, (Louisville)
* William Grant Still, (Woodville)
* Word Strickland, (Gulfport)
* Marty Stuart, (Philadelphia)
* Ty Tabor, (Pearl)
* Eddie Taylor, (Benoit)
* Hound Dog Taylor, (Natchez)
* Jean Terrell, (Belzoni)
* Rufus Thomas, (Cayce)
* Ike Turner, (Clarksdale)
* Conway Twitty, (Friars Point)
* Muddy Waters, (Rolling Fork)
* Bukka White, (Houston)
* Carson Whitsett, keyboardist and songwriter, (Jackson)
* Tim Whitsett, band leader and publisher, (Jackson)
* Webb Wilder, (Hattiesburg)
* Big Joe Williams, (Crawford)
* Sonny Boy Williamson II, (Glendora)
* Al Wilson, singer and drummer, (Meridian)
* Cassandra Wilson, jazz singer and songwriter, (Jackson)
* Mary Wilson, (Greenville)
* Howlin' Wolf, (West Point)
* Tammy Wynette, (Tupelo)
* Lester Young, (Woodville)


*Blair E. Batson, chairman of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and namesake of the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital, (Jackson)
*Arthur Guyton, wrote the Textbook of Medical Physiology, (Oxford)
*John Hall, continues to work on Textbook of Medical Physiology [cite web
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*James Hardy, surgeon performed the first successful cadaveric lung transplant, (Jackson)
*T. R. M. Howard, former chief surgeon at the Taborian Hospital and Friendship Clinic, (Mound Bayou)


* Robert H. Adams, (Natchez)
* Haley Barbour, (Yazoo City)
* Ethelbert Barksdale, (Jackson)
* William Barksdale, (Jackson)
* Ross Barnett, (Standing Pine)
* Marion Barry, (Itta Bena)
* Theodore Bilbo, (Poplarville)
* Hale Boggs, (Long Beach)
* Blanche Bruce, Mississippi Senator
* Thomas Jefferson Busby, proponent of the Natchez Trace Parkway, (Houston)
* Ezekiel S. Candler, Jr., (Corinth)
* Joseph W. Chalmers, (Holly Springs)
* Jacqueline Y. Collins (McComb), Illinois state senator
* John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne, (Natchez)
* Thad Cochran, (Pontotoc)
* James P. Coleman, (Ackerman)
* George Dale, former insurance commissioner
* Jefferson Davis, US Senator and President of the Confederate States of America, (Warren County)
* James Eastland, (Sunflower)
* Alphonso Michael Espy, (Yazoo City)
* Kirk Fordice, (Vicksburg) and other cities
* Evelyn Gandy, (Hattiesburg)
* James Z. George, (Carrollton)
* Charles H. Griffin, (Utica)
* Pat Harrison, (Crystal Springs)
* Patrick Henry, (Brandon)
* Thomas C. Hindman, (Ripley)
* Jon Hinson, (Tylertown)
* David Holmes, first Governor of Mississippi
* Benjamin G. Humphreys, (Claiborne County)
* Benjamin G. Humphreys II, (Claiborne County)
* William Y. Humphreys, (Greenville)
* Paul B. Johnson, Sr., (Hattiesburg)
* Paul B. Johnson, Jr., (Hattiesburg)
* Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (II), US Senator and US Supreme Court Justice, (Oxford)
* Elmer Litchfield, former sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, (Meridian)
* Trent Lott, Sr., (Grenada)
* John R. Lynch, first African-American Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, (Natchez)
* Ray Mabus, governor, (Starkville)
* Hernando Money, (Carrollton)
* "Sonny" Montgomery, (Meridian)
* Mike Moore, Attorney General, (Pascagoula)
* Ronnie Musgrove, (Tocowa)
* Charles W. Pickering, (Jones County)
* Chip Pickering, (Laurel)
* John E. Rankin, (Itawamba County)
* Hiram Rhodes Revels, first African-American US Senator
* Larry Speakes, (Cleveland)
* John Stennis, (De Kalb)
* Gene Taylor, (Bay St. Louis)
* Bennie Thompson, (Bolton)
* Amy Tuck, (Maben)
* James Vardaman, (Yalobusha County)
* Jamie L. Whitten, (Cascilla)
* Roger Wicker, (Pontotoc)
* William Winter, (Grenada)
* Fielding L. Wright, (Rolling Fork)


* Earl W. Bascom, (Columbia)
* Lerone Bennett, Jr., editor of Ebony magazine, (Clarksdale)
* Bruce Brady, writer, editor of Outdoor Life, (Brookhaven)
* Larry Brown, (Oxford)
* Jill Conner Browne, author, Sweet Potato Queen, (Tupelo)
* Hodding Carter, II, editor, journalist, (Greenville)
* Craig Claiborne, (Sunflower)
* William Faulkner, (New Albany)
* Bill Fitzhugh, (Jackson) [cite web
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* Vic Fleming, (Jackson)
* Shelby Foote, historian, novelist, (Greenville)
* Richard Ford, (Jackson)
* John Grisham, (Southaven)
* Barry Hannah, (Clinton)
* Thomas Harris, (Rich)
* Beth Henley, (Hattiesburg)
* Greg Iles, (Natchez)
* Greg Keyes, (Meridian)
* Donna Ladd, investigative journalist, (Philadelphia)
* Muna Lee, (Raymond)
* Justin Mapp, (Brandon)
* Anne Moody, (Centreville)
* Willie Morris, (Jackson)
* Lewis Nordan, (Forest)
* Walker Percy, (Greenville)
* William Alexander Percy, (Greenville)
* William Raspberry, (Okolona)
* Kevin Sessums, (Forest, Mississippi)
* Donna Tartt, author, (Greenwood)
* Mildred Taylor, (Jackson)
* Natasha Trethewey, 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, (Gulfport)
* Eudora Welty, (Jackson)
* Tim Whitsett, music business, (Jackson)
* Tennessee Williams, (Columbus)
* Richard Nathaniel Wright, (Roxie)
* Al Young, (Ocean Springs)
* Stark Young, (Como)


* Susan Akin, Miss America 1986, (Meridian)
* Cat Cora, Iron Chef America, (Jackson)
* Fred Haise, former NASA astronaut, (Biloxi)
* Lypsinka, drag performer and model, (Hazlehurst)
* Lynda Lee Mead, Miss America 1960, (Natchez)
* Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959, (Brandon)
* Cheryl Prewitt, Miss America 1980, (Ackerman)
* Felder Rushing, Horticulturist, gardening book author, radio and TV host, (Indianola, Jackson) []
* Amy Wesson, Fashion model, (Tupelo)


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