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Feeling like a modern Tom Sawyer

I remember when I was little and one of my favorite cartoons was “Tom Sawyer” - this has been my third time driving cross-country but it’s my first time in Mississippi and had brought back all sorts of great childhood memories related to the cartoon.

Setting eyes on the River from Vicksburg, MS, which Lincoln credited for being the key to the positive outcome of the Civil War, gave me chills and I’m so grateful to be able to stand here today (even though in the midst of a global Covid war.)

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer revolves around the youthful adventures of the novel's schoolboy protagonist, Thomas Sawyer, whose reputation precedes him for causing mischief and strife. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly, half-brother Sid, and cousin Mary in the quaint town of St. Petersburg, just off the shore of the Mississippi River. St. Petersburg is described as a typical small-town atmosphere where the Christian faith is predominant, the social network is close-knit, and familiarity resides."



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