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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Address: 207 Bowen Hall, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: (662) 325-2495
JACKSON – THE CAPITAL OF MISSISSIPPI
Every state in the United States has a number of important cities to offer. In addition to their size, they usually stand out due to historical events or many sights. In the case of the city of Jackson, it plays the leading role of the capital of the state of Mississippi. The city is located on the Pearl River and has a population of around 175,000, making it the largest city in the state of Mississippi. If you include the numerous suburbs of the city, the number of residents rises to around 540,000 people. Jackosn is especially known for its flourishing music scene.
The story of Jackson
Like many states in the south, the area around what is now Jackson was once settled by Indians. The Chochaw cultures, in particular, settled here. The city of Jackson itself was not founded until 1822 and was named after General Andrew Jackson. The city also played a role in the American Civil War. The Confederation suffered a defeat against the Union on May 14, 1863. After the end of the war, the first racial unrest between blacks and whites also occurred in Jackson when the racist paramilitary group Red Shirts was formed in 1875. On May 24, 1961, many members of the civil rights movement were arrested. The riots peaked when civil rights activist Medgar Evers was murdered on June 12, 1963. It wasn’t until 1994 that his killer was brought to justice. Jackson-Evers International Airport was later named in honor of Evers.
The sights of Jackson
If you are on vacation in the capital of Mississippi, you should definitely take a closer look at the city. Especially worth seeing are the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Old Mississippi State Capitol, the Jackson Zoo, the Eudora Welty House, the King Edward Hotel; the Mississippi State Capitol, The Oaks House Museum, the Mississippi Coliseum, the Smith Wills Stadium or the Jackson Volcano.