“Fifty years ago, when I was here, you can’t imagine the outmigration. All my friends who didn’t have a family farm, a family law practice, or a family business thought that they should leave Mississippi and go somewhere else and they would have brighter futures,” said Haley Barbour, former governor of the state of Mississippi, at a panel held at the University of Mississippi on September 30.
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