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This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services.
These grounds, created by Mynelle Westbrook Hayward as the ultimate home garden, were acquired by the city of Jackson in 1973. The seven acres of quiet countryside feature several distinct gardens, with pathways, pools and reflecting ponds. The estate has been used for garden parties, civic functions and as a retreat for World War II veterans. The facility is now used for a variety of functions including wedding receptions and corporate meetings. A gift shop features the work of Mississippi craftsmen.
Not far from downtown Jackson, this zoo was founded more than 85 years ago. From modest origins, the park has expanded over the years to include animals from all over the globe, including a new lorikeet exhibit. In addition to housing the region's most impressive collection of primates and big cats, the park's Discovery Zoo has been recognized by the New York Times Travel Guide as one of the top children's zoos in the Southeast.
Dr. Alexander has been a contributor to American letters for over fifty years. The author of such prize-winning books as Jubilee and For My People, Dr. Alexander is so widely respected that the city of Jackson named the street on which she lives in her honor, as well as the Jackson Public Library. The research center, located on Jackson State campus, is a focal point for the ongoing quest for racial harmony and equality. A visit to this engaging shrine to equality is an eye-opening experience for people of all races.
Jackson State University's 131-acre campus is a short drive from downtown, located in the southwest corner of the city. Established in Natchez in 1877, the campus was moved to Jackson in 1882 and eventually came under state sponsorship in 1940. Founded to train newly freed slaves and prepare them for life after bondage, the school today is devoted to the pursuit of personal enlightenment, scientific research and cultural development. The school's Tigers compete in many intercollegiate sports, and their "Sonic Boom" marching band has been acclaimed worldwide.
In the distant past, the rails made Jackson an important distribution center even before the Civil War, and today, Amtrak travel is still a great way to move around the South. Although much less utilized than in previous generations, Jackson is still a main stop on the route from Chicago to New Orleans, and daily trains still service the Crescent City. For general departure information and reservations, call Amtrak directly at +1 800 872 7245.
Founded in 1938 by Civil Rights leader Percy Greene, the Advocate was conceived to help give a voice to oppressed people in segregated Jackson. Still considered the voice of black Mississippians, this weekly newspaper features news of particular significance to African-Americans and still strives to serve those citizens who find themselves with a limited voice in society. The Advocate's offices are currently housed in the historic Hill-Holly Building that dates to 1903 and is a nationally-registered Historic Place.
This statue on the Alcorn State campus honors famed alumnus Medgar Evers, an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement. The statue was dedicated in June of 2013, following the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The statue is crafted entirely of bronze and stands along the Mississippi Civil Rights Trail.
This two-story classic revival brick structure was built in 1903 by Thomas Hill, uncle of Kermit Wells Holly; thus, the interesting name. Located in Jackson's Farish Street district, the Hill-Holly has witnessed nearly a hundred years of local African-American history from its perch on North Farish. Today, it is the proud home of Jackson's leading black newspaper, the Jackson Advocate. Hill-Holly building is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours by appointment.
The unassuming home of Civil Rights activist and martyr Medgar Evers is located northwest of downtown Jackson on Margaret Walker Alexander Drive, a street bearing the name of one who continued the martyr's fight after his passing. This historic location is also the site of Evers' 1963 assassination. Although Evers is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C., the preserved home stands as a moving memorial to his sacrifice. Inside, relics of his life and work reveal insight into the man and his struggle, while various displays tell the story of the Civil Rights triumphs and tragedies that took place through the years in Mississippi.
Whether you are a bona fide stargazer or just looking for a little excitement, this theater at Jackson's Davis Planetarium is not to be missed. McNair's wide, hemispheric theater, with its wraparound screen, is the perfect venue for the center's multimedia astronomy "skyshows" that are as educational as they are entertaining. The planetarium features exhibits on space exploration, astronomy and the challenges of filming in outer space. The theater also features meeting capacity for 190 participants. Call for more information or booking details.
This museum houses more than 3,000 works, including the world's largest collection of art by Mississippi craftsmen. It is also home to the world's largest collection of art that reflects the cultural and historical heritage of the state. Visitors find an amazing display of Southern photography, native crafts and folk art, with a strong emphasis on homegrown talent. The Mississippi Museum of Art also sponsors a complete schedule of educational programs, lectures and special forums. Admission is USD5 for adults, USD4 for seniors, USD3 for college students and USD2 for students.