"Southern Gentility" Jackson by Rixie

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To people of my generation, the words "Jackson, Mississippi" conjure up images of fire hoses and snarling police dogs.

However, I'm happy to report that the Jackson of today, some 50 years later, is very much changed: a city with friendly, tolerant residents, a thriving arts community, good restaurants - Southern and otherwise - and interesting historical sites.

I would compare it to places like Austin, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Portland, Oregon - which are distinctly different, culturally, from the areas that surround them and have a thriving arts community.

Jackson - named after President Andrew Jackson - is host not only to local events like the Mistletoe Marketplace, but also to state, national, and international events like the Mississippi State Fair, the Dixie National Rodeo, and the USA International Ballet Competition (next competition: 2014). A National Civil Rights Museum is in the planning.

I would encourage you to make Jackson a stop on your Southern itinerary. I think you'll be pleased with your stay.

Check out the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau's webpage for suggested walking and driving tours and other tourist information.

You'll find this beautiful World War I sculpture outside the War Memorial Building at 120 South State Street.

The building itself was constructed as part of a WPA (Works Progress Administration) project in 1939.

Jackson is the state capital of Mississippi, and there are two Capitol buildings.

The one where this carpet photo was taken is the Old Mississippi State Capitol, built in 1839. It is now a museum that is open to the public and is also known as the Old Capitol Museum

The second is the New Mississippi Capitol Building, built in 1903, where the state legislature meets.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting historic and cultural sites, good restaurants
  • Cons:Hot and humid in summer
  • In a nutshell:Not your grandmother's Jackson
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