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The City with Soul: Jackson, MS

Enjoy Jackson’s rich heritage and culture as it marks its bicentennial.

By Livability on December 19, 2022

This Little Light of Mine Gallery in Jackson, MS.
Tom Beck

Whether reliving special childhood memories, returning to a beloved alma mater or visiting for the very first time, everyone is invited to a homecoming 200 years in the making.

Since its founding, Jackson has showcased a triumphant spirit that beckons guests to explore the city’s unique offerings that share the story of the City With Soul. 

Authentic Adventures

Known for its iconic music scene and pivotal role in the civil rights movement, discover the heart and soul of the city across 29 museums and attractions, more than 300 restaurants, three historic cultural districts and signature events throughout the year. 

Numerous sites, including the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, provide insight into the heroes and events that changed a nation. 

 Local markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail give visitors an appreciation for Jackson’s soulful sounds. Stop by Johnny T’s, where Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong once graced the stage and today’s talented musicians keep the party going. 

Visit the Mississippi Museum of Art and explore outdoor installations throughout the city to sample the city’s art scene. And taste the culinary creativity of local chefs. Sure, soul food is a staple, but Jackson offers an eclectic menu of options ranging from casual eateries to elegant dining experiences. 

Jackson, MS cityscape

Meet Me in Jackson

An easy drive or quick flight, Jackson’s broad appeal makes it a popular destination for meetings and conventions. The city offers two state-of-the-art spaces in the Jackson Convention Complex and the new Mississippi Trade Mart, as well as a host of excellent off-site venues and facilities. 

In a city known for hospitality, it’s not surprising Jackson’s flair for entertaining guests really pays off for the community and state. 

The city routinely enjoys more than $40 million in direct traveler spending and generates nearly $65 million in economic output. The local hospitality industry also provides more than 25,000 jobs and generates about $11 million in tax revenue to benefit Mississippians. 

Go to VisitJackson.com to customize the perfect itinerary for your next meeting or vacation. 

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