What makes Jackson the City with Soul?
Its the sound of Southern Soul music, an eclectic culinary scene, a growing cultural enclave for dreamers and doers and a history that reminds us how far we have come.
Jackson, MS is known as the “City with Soul” because of her perseverance and her triumphant spirit. She’s birthed many historical marks that have shaped this country and beyond, from Civil Rights to Civil War, to music, to world-class museums and exhibits, to thriving festivals and events, to award-winning attractions to James Beard Foundation chefs and restaurants; she has so much to offer.
Steeped in southern culture, Jackson is home to a multitude of world-class painters, sculptors, dancers, actors, architects, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, and artisans of many disciplines. The city pulses with music from classical to inspirational, home-grown gospel, blues, jazz, rock ‘n roll, R&B and more that can be found all around town.
Beautifully changing seasons offer numerous fall and holiday events rich with tradition, surprising spring flings for shaking off winter’s chill and laid back summer celebrations that detour off the fast lane.
Let us show you how it’s done in the "City with Soul!" Jackson’s a soulful kind of place for a weekend getaway, family fun, a group tour, a reunion, a convention or a small business meeting.
Jackson is home to more historical markers celebrating blues heritage than anywhere else in the state. You can find live music all over the city. Enjoy festivals like CelticFest Mississippi, to Blue Monday at Hal & Mal's or a concert at Thalia Mara. Here you can indulge in the music that will fill your soul. Check out F. Jones Corner for authentic Blues or Johnny T's for a mix of Rhythm & Blues. See our Mississippi Music Experience located at The Iron Horse Grill, where you can see lifelike wax statues of famous Mississippi musicians and an expansive collection of memorabilia. Another great resource for upcoming music/show listings is ardenland.net.
Jackson is a mecca for artists to express themselves. Legendary authors like Eudora Welty, Richard Wright and Margaret Walker Alexander called Jackson home. A plethora of artistic expressions exist throughout the "City with Soul" even the traffic signal boxes are included. Gallery 1 is a cultural meeting place where Art educates and enlightens the community. Offbeat showcases minority artists’ work as an alternative culture store.
It is impossible to talk about the culinary scene without mentioning the phenomenal chefs and the committed mom and pop restaurants that have been staples in this community. This was most recently realized when Bully’s Restaurant was named a James Beard American Classic, Chef Jesse Houston was recognized as a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef: South and Manship Wood Fired Kitchen Chef/Owner, Alex Eaton was crowned the Mississippi Seafood King! Jackson is where the influence of Grandmother's cooking and sacred recipes meet cooking techniques learned in world-class culinary schools.
Jackson was at the forefront of so many events that have shaped America. It was the center of attention during the Civil War, in which Grant burned the city down three times. After the fires, the only things left standing were chimneys, this lead to the city’s nickname "Chimneyville". Monumental events are recognized throughout the city with Mississippi Freedom Trail Markers. Medgar Evers served as the first Field Secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi and led the charge for voter registration that eventually cost him his life. The home where he was assassinated in 1963 serves as a museum that contains period furnishings, exhibits and family photographs. The home was used in the film "Ghosts of Mississippi," which tells the story of the 1994 retrial and conviction of Evers' murderer, Byron de la Beckwith.
Jackson is home to two Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Jackson State University (JSU) and Tougaloo College. JSU is the Urban University that has a notoriety for producing legendary athletes like Walter Payton, its world-renowned band, The Sonic Boom of the South and its role in the Civil Rights Movement. Tougaloo College is recognized as "The Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi" because of the fundamental principles of freedom, equality and justice and America's promise.