During the early 1960s, Mississippi’s capital city was for a time the epicenter of America’s civil rights movement. Here is where Freedom Riders staged nonviolent protests and where activists helped to integrate universities and businesses.
Today, tourists flock here to visit historic sites and learn about those who fought for justice and equality. Jackson is a three-hour drive from Memphis.
The Pearl River wends through Jackson, Mississippi, which offers a variety of recreation and entertainment options from riverboat gambling and blues concerts to kayaking and soul food eateries.