Mardi Gras Spectators in Mobile, Ala., in 2010. Buyenlarge/Getty Images hide caption

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Mayor Joe Riley of Charleston, S.C. is the longest-serving mayor in the country. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Ala., produced iron for decades. The site closed in the 1970s and is now a national historic landmark. Nicolas Henderson/Flickr hide caption

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Phila Hach (standing, center) and her husband, Adolf Hach, are seen here with Minnie Pearl (right) of Grand Ole Opry fame, and an unidentified woman. "What the Grand Ole Opry did for country music, she has done for Southern food," one food writer wrote about Hach. Courtesy of the Hach Family hide caption

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Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat touched off the Montgomery bus boycott and the beginning of the civil rights movement, is fingerprinted by police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 22, 1956, when she was among several others charged with violating segregation laws. Gene Herrick/AP hide caption

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Supporters of Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards celebrate his win. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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