Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government, the preservation of liberty, and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall be forever encouraged in this state.
Mississippi Constitution, 1817, Art. VI, Sec. 16
from Chapter 13, "Education in Mississippi from Statehood to the Civil War," in A History of Mississippi Volume I (Richard Aubrey McLemore, ed., University & College Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 1973, p. 352).