Steeped in history, Mississippi is the intersection of the arts, architecture, civil rights, and the Civil War. If you are visiting Jackson, MS, take the time to learn about some of the Magnolia State’s most significant landmarks and appreciate the impression each one has left on American history. Visitors may marvel at architectural treasures that span ages and places around the area. Art connoisseurs, music fans, and history aficionados may all enjoy a variety of museums around the state. If you are visiting Jackson, MS, take the time to learn about some of the Magnolia State’s most significant landmarks.
Old Capitol Museum
The Old Capitol, Jackson’s oldest structure, has a museum that explores the site’s history as the seat of the Mississippi government from 1839 until 1903. The Old Capitol hosted some of the state’s most historic legislative proceedings, including the enactment of the Married Women’s Property Act in 1839, Mississippi’s separation from the Union in 1861, and the drafting of the state constitutions in 1868 and 1890. The structure is a National Historic Landmark and one of the best examples of Greek Revival public architecture in the country. The huge limestone facade, copper dome, and magnificent interior spaces made the Old Capitol the most outstanding edifice in Mississippi when it was erected in 1839.
Farish Street Historic District
Explore this historic neighborhood, which stretches from Mill Street to Lamar Street and Amite Street to Fortification Street, and explore historical homes, stores, and other structures, many of which were erected by former slaves whose descendants now live and work in the region.
Mississippi State Capitol
The State Capital is Jackson’s third capitol building. The initial structure, which was constructed in 1822, no longer exists. The second structure, which was finished in 1839 and functioned as the Capitol until 1903, is now the Old Capitol Museum. The Capitol formerly housed all branches of the Mississippi state government. The Legislative branch is currently the only one working full-time within the structure. The Governor’s Office survives, albeit only on a part-time basis.
Medgar Evers Home
The Medgar Evers Home, located in Jackson, MS, is a National Park Service unit dedicated to the life and work of these two pivotal civil rights pioneers. Medgar Evers strove to eradicate racial violence and improve the quality of life for black Mississippians. Medgar relentlessly organized boycotts, voter registration campaigns, prayer vigils, and marches, and he repeatedly urged whites and blacks to work together to find a peaceful solution to social issues.
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