Whether groups are following the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, the Mississippi Blues Trail, or anxious to discover Southern charm and culinary treasures, Jackson, Mississippi, will be a pleasant surprise.
“Jackson has so much that will touch your heart, stretch your mind and feed your soul, that it is hard to decide what to do first,” said Mary Current, group tour and reunion manager for Visit Jackson. “Our new Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, along with the many other award-winning attractions and events all year long, provide an almost endless experience for groups of all ages. We just may be the best kept secret in the South. Groups love Jackson, and we love groups.”
Museum of Mississippi History
The Museum of Mississippi History opened Dec. 9, 2017 in celebration of the state’s bicentennial. The museum’s theme, “One Mississippi, many stories,” explains it all. Experience stories over thousands of years through galleries with interactive exhibits, engaging artifacts and stories from people who shaped the state.
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a Mississippi movement that changed the nation. The museum promotes an understanding of the Mississippi civil rights movement and its impact. Groups can explore eight interactive galleries that show the systematic oppression of black Mississippians and their fight for equality.
Mississippi State Capitol
The Mississippi State Capitol, known as the “New Capitol” since it succeeded the old statehouse back in 1903, stands as a monument to Mississippi’s government and to the beaux-arts style of architecture. The large, detailed gold-coated copper eagle atop the dome’s apex stands 8 feet tall and 15 feet across, facing toward the south.
The Iron Horse Grill
The Iron Horse Grill suffered two fires and abandonment before becoming the restored landmark it is today. The former Armour Smokehouse built in 1906 now serves Southern-style pub fare, unique craft cocktails and live music. Groups will find lifelike clay models upstairs celebrating Mississippi artists and musicians.