Civil Rights & History
From the proud Civil Rights legacy of Medgar Evers to the powerful present-day Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Jackson is alive with Black history.
Spend a day, or a week, with us and we guarantee you'll leave feeling uplifted and enriched by the experience.
Jackson served as a drum major for many moments in history that had a significant impact on the scope of America. Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, recognized as one of CNN’s 50 States 50 Spots to see, served as the first public school for African-American students. It is now the home for thousands of artifacts.
The campus of Tougaloo College has a storied past and is recognized as “The Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi“ because of the fundamental principles of freedom, equality, justice and America’s promise.
Explore the Farish Street Historic District, a 125-acre late-nineteenth-century grid-patterned neighborhood, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is where you'll find over 100 years of rich African-American heritage. Visit the newly renovated Alamo Theater then stop in at Johnny T’s (formerly known as The Crystal Palace Night Club) where the likes of Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong once performed.
Follow the historic route for sites such as Freedom Corner, the former home of slain NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers, the Medgar Evers Library/Statue, Jackson State University, Margaret Walker Alexander National African-American Research Center and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Utilize the newly-curated Civil Rights Google Map that includes Jackson Freedom Trail sites and other Civil Rights places of interest or explore the more comprehensive Civil Rights Driving Tour.
Other sites will have you singing along at one of our historic churches: Christ Temple Church of Christ Holiness, U.S.A. Old Mt. Helm Baptist Church, Central United Methodist Church, Farish Street Baptist Church or Woodworth Chapel at Tougaloo College.
We've only begun to share the story…there's so much more.
Jackson served as a drum major for many moments in history that had a significant impact on the scope of America. Spend a day, or a week, with us and we guarantee you'll leave feeling uplifted and enriched by the experience.