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Courtesy of Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau

This is a city where the Freedom Riders were jailed, Eudora Welty composed her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Optimist’s Daughter, African American Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers was killed and blues music thrived. With so much reverberating history, it’s easy to see why Jackson claims the impressive logo: the City with Soul.

Embodying the signature dynamism of the South, Mississippi’s capital city brings together all the rich history and charm of the region along with its classic cuisine. It’s also a place where you a can feel a nod toward what’s new, especially when it comes to food. Proud to be known for its heavenly, thick seafood gumbo, award-winning fried chicken and hearty bowls of shrimp grits, Jackson is also embracing a farm-to-table philosophy, a monumental change-up in a area where fried is an adjective placed before most entrees.

One thing that will never change is Jackson’s commitment to honoring its heritage. A walk through the Farish Street District that includes more than 690 locations on the National Registry of Historic Places showcases the deftness with which African American building contractors assembled the city. Jackson also prides itself on having the most Mississippi Blues Trail markers. Plus it's also also the site for some of the Civil Rights Movement’s most influential moments, a facet of the nation’s cultural fabric highlighted throughout the city with the preservation of the Medger Evers home and the Margaret Walker Center.

The City with Soul could refer to the blues, it could refer to the eclectic soul food found on so many Jackson menus, it could refer to the pulsating energy of Mississippi’s capital or it could refer to the African American heritage and that group of fearless crusaders who put their heart and soul into the collective struggle for change. Whatever it represents to you, Jackson’s culture and opportunities for historic discovery combine to form one of the most interesting pockets of the rejuvenated Deep South.

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