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Iconic music and history await in Jackson, Mississippi

Featuring: Kim Lewis

Communications and Destination Development Manager , Visit Jackson

Get the inside scoop of where to find authentic Mississippi Blues way down South in Jackson, Mississippi.

Known for iconic music and its African American heritage, Jackson, Mississippi has the culture for those looking to enrich themselves and learn more about our country's rich history. Rediscover America recently sat down with Kim Lewis, Communications and Destination Development Manager at Visit Jackson for a unique perspective about her destination.

#1 SUPPORT THE BLUES

What is your area's best kept secret?

Blue Monday

Blue Monday at the iconic Hal & Mal’s is an amazing and intimate experience. The venue is closed on Mondays, so they turn it over to a group of local musicians for a fundraiser to help older blues musicians meet expenses. It draws music-lovers from all over.

#2 GET INSPIRED

#3 Where do you go for visual inspiration?

Public Murals

We have a ton of local history and talented artists, so there are a lot of places to look, but my favorite visuals are the public murals painted on buildings. The arts have been well supported here with more and more murals popping up really all over our community.

"Hal & Mal's draws music-lovers from all over. It's an intimate, amazing and truly unique experience." Kim LEWIS, Visit Jackson

#3 Follow the legacy of Civil Rights

What’s right in your backyard but also on your bucket list?

Civil Rights Museum

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum recently opened and is the first museum of its kind in our state and locally funded. It challenges visitors to open their mind and their heart.

#4 BUY LOCAL

What local brand do you love supporting?

CATHEAD DISTILLERY

Local brands are big in Jackson, so there are quite a few. Cathead Distillery makes delicious vodka, gin and bourbon. Offbeat is an awesome record store for music and Midtown is a great neighborhood to find some creative artwork.

Follow @offbeatjxn for alternative art and creators!

#5 TRAVEL DOWN FARISH STREET

Where do you take a local to show them a new side of your destination?

FARISH STREET

There's a lot of history, culture and music on Farish Street. They have some really unique blues clubs and music festivals which locals should definitely make time to experience.

#6 GRAB A BITE

WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT?

OUR VIBRANT FOOD SCENE

Jackson is a very metropolitan city with many chefs who each own multiple restaurants. The District at Eastover is a community of hotels, lofts, restaurants and a food hall. Lots of new development and vibrancy. There's no shortage of places to grab a bite or drink.

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About the Contributor

Kim Lewis

Communications and Destination Development Manager

About The Contributor

Proud of her progressive community, Kim never grows tired of sharing all of the fantastic things about Jackson, MS, while at the same time changing people's perspective about the South and Mississippi.