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839 Ridgewood Road
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Phone: (601) 956-6203
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Tougaloo College was founded in 1869, appropriately enough, on the former site of a Mississippi plantation. A pioneer in the education, training and enlightenment of former slaves, Tougaloo now stands as one of the most respected historically black colleges in America. Many of the campus buildings have been preserved and restored, including the impressive Coleman Library, which houses an extensive collection of Civil Rights artifacts and materials as well as a multi million dollar art collection. The museum's collection of African-American artwork is considered the finest in the Southeast.
This extensive library offers a collection of literature, children's selections, and media.
What was once a rural town is now home to a thriving arts revival district known as Fondren. This region was once the location of the Mississippi Lunatic Asylum, and has since evolved immensely to become a diverse community of residences, shops and performance spaces.
Over the years, the state of Mississippi has proven itself a fertile breeding ground of athletic talent, and this museum pays tribute to this lineage. Archival footage can be viewed at interactive kiosks, while jerseys, trophies, gear and photos are displayed proudly on the walls. Over 500 recorded interviews and biographies feature home state favorites Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, Archie Manning, Ralph Boston and Dizzy Dean. A charming gift shop allows guests to take home a little bit of Mississippi sports history. Reservations required for tour groups.
To the casual visitor, this may seem like a peculiar attraction, but not when one considers the role that Mississippi's two most significant industries have played in the history and economy of the state. The Agriculture and Forestry Museum features over 40,000 square feet of exhibition space, displaying artifacts, machinery and documents that pay tribute to farmers and lumbermen throughout Mississippi's history. The museum gift shop serves a limited menu of refreshments and offers a variety of unique and educational souvenirs. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children ages 6-18, and $.50 for children 3-5.
Whether you are bringing a carload of youngsters or an entire industry's worth of executives, this full-service receptive agency can make your tour of Jackson memorable and efficient. Offering customized tour planning and step-on guides to the city and area, Harold Johnson and his friendly staff can cater a sightseeing plan for groups ranging in size from one to 100. As the company operates its own fleet of tour buses, you will not be encumbered with middle men and extra charges. The company's years of local experience translate into a comprehensive and informed tour for all.
Come explore "Mississippi's Web of Life" with a visit to this natural science museum. An octagonal skylight dominates the building, and beyond the perimeter of glass walls are replicated habitats of many of Mississippi's indigenous animals. A 100,000-gallon aquarium is home to more than 200 fish, reptiles and amphibians. Take a peak into the swamp, which contains alligators and such, or hike through 300 acres of carefully preserved forest.
If you are looking for family fun and some relief from the hot Southern sun, head for the Rapids. Located near Ridgeland on the western shore of the Ross Barnett Reservoir, this fun park is about a 15-minute trip from downtown Jackson. Covering more than 25 acres, you will thrill to the variety of water activities provided, including swimming and wading pools, water slides and amusement rides.
Boyd Mounds Site is an archaeological site located in Madison County, Mississippi. It was from the late Woodland and early Mississippian period, consisting of six burial mounds. One of the mounds is adjacent to Natchez Trace Parkway and is accessible for public visits. Excavations by the National Park Service of the mounds in the 1960s found remains of more than 40 individuals and various artifacts. This destination was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the year 1989.
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.
Founded in 1890 by the United Methodist Church, Millsaps College exists today as a coeducational liberal arts school with a strong focus on faith. The pleasant 100-acre campus near downtown Jackson is a frequent host to lectures, art exhibitions, conferences and a broad variety of community-oriented student activities. The Millsaps Forum Series holds events throughout the year, including dance and music performances, lectures, recitals and films. The Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series also brings many educational and cultural forums to town. For enrollment or visiting information, or to schedule a guided tour, call the Admissions Office or the general campus line.
Detailing a century and a half of fire fighting triumphs and tragedies, the Fire Museum features a stunning array of artifacts, uniforms, helmets and fire apparatuses. The collection includes much of the equipment that was used in fighting some of Jackson's most famous blazes, including a 1904 horse-drawn steamer and many similar precursors to today's modern fire trucks. The museum's Public Fire Safety Education Center is located within the museum, and offers education for both children and adults on how to prevent and fight fires within the home.