Gov. Reeves holds Mississippi turkey pardon ahead of Thanksgiving

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First Lady Elee Reeves (left) and Gov. Tate Reeves (center-left) stand over Ms. Wilhelmina Wishbone, the turkey the governor pardoned on Thursday, October 20, 2022, to kick off Extra Table's Tackle Hunger Holiday Campaign.

After nearly three years in office, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued his first pardon.

It did not go to a person who was wrongfully convicted or an individual who had undergone some extreme character changes while incarcerated. It went to a turkey named Ms. Wilhelmina Wishbone.

The name was chosen by first graders at the Presbyterian Day School in Clarksdale.

Presidents of the United States have been pardoning turkeys in the leadup to Thanksgiving for at least 33 years, and perhaps for much longer, but the event was a first for Mississippi governors. While Oct. 20 may seem like an early…

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