TurnUP Tuesdays w/Stassi: Jackson, MS

This last year has been full of learning more about bae through his family and friends and introducing him to my inner circle/support network. The most recent adventure was to good ‘ole:

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Stassi stands in front of the words Welcome to Jackson that are painted on the side of a building.

Jackson, Mississippi to be exact. I had only been there once before for a half marathon, but I don’t remember much about that experience or the city. In fact, as a small town, rural Georgia girl, there isn’t much about Mississippi or Alabama that I’ve been enthused about visiting. However, as I thirst to learn more about my roots, I have become more interested in learning about the abolitionist and civil rights movements. With that said, I will be returning to Jackson soon to see the museums and to visit both Tougaloo College and Jackson State University.

This time I still didn’t get to see much of the city, but the experience I had was amazing. It’s only a quick 2.5 hour drive for me and there wasn’t much traffic on I-55. The event that we attended was held at the River Hills Club. The surprise birthday party was perfect. There was a beautiful foyer where we hung out for hors d’oeuvres and a separate bar area for drinks and sitting. The dining area was nicely decorated, the sound system worked wonderfully, and they even had a setup for a slideshow and video clips to be shown. The meal was tasty with a mixed green salad, fish/beef with rice and veggies, and dessert trio of tiramisu, turtle cheesecake, and what resembled some sort of cake or baklava. Oh and those warm, soft yeast rolls were irresistible. After our meal, we danced for a couple of hours on the dancefloor! Everyone had fun and you could see the sheer excitement and enjoyment on the birthday man’s face. This was a memorable event and venue!

The next day didn’t disappoint with a short drive up to Ridgeland, MS. We ended up in the most beautiful neighborhood. Honestly, I didn’t think anything of the sort existed in that area. It was totally unexpected! The entire gated neighborhood was beautiful with big, gorgeous mansions WITH LAND SURROUNDING THEM. I’m so used to seeing these modern-day big houses so close to one another that it looks like you could “literally” reach out and open your neighbor’s refrigerator from your own kitchen. The house we visited was so well built with beautiful features that look like they will last for quite some time. That’s another difference that I see in newly built homes with cheaply obtained parts.

Overall, my time in Jackson was short and I can’t wait to visit again.

Do you live in Jackson or visit often? What are your favorite spots? things to do in Jackson, MS?

–Stassi

One thought on “TurnUP Tuesdays w/Stassi: Jackson, MS

  1. Now you already know… 😏. Okay, I’ll behave and just give you a few ideas.
    1. Call ahead and set up to spend some time in the Tougaloo College archives. You can also schedule a tour of Medgar Evers’ house which is under the custodianship of Tougaloo College.
    2. Plan your visit for a time when JSU has a home football game so that you can see the Sonic Boom in all its glory.
    3. Visit the Civil Rights and Mississippi History Museums. You’ll need at minimum 4 hours for this so plan accordingly. They have a cafe so there’s food on site most days (it was closed when I went on a Sunday).
    4. Mississippi Capitol Tour, because those tours always turn up surprises. It’s funny how a lot of people never visit their state capitol buildings where the laws are made that affect their everyday lives. Try to go when the legislature is in session so you can see how people act up.
    5. Standard Life Building, if you want to see an incredible view of the city, make a visit here. I interned there in college with The Mississippi Link.

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