Welcome to Jackson
Jackson, MS - “The Crossroads of the South”
Jackson is nestled halfway between Memphis and New Orleans and halfway between Dallas and Atlanta. Jackson is a family-friendly city where conservative Christian values are still the norm, and even with a population of more than 500,000, Jackson maintains the warmth and charm of a small town.
As one of the most affordable places in the country to live, Jackson provides a wide array of cultural, historical, and educational opportunities without the hassle and traffic of larger metropolitan areas. The greatest strength of Jackson, however, is our vibrant churches.
Mississippi’s musical roots include Delta Blues, Gospel, and Jazz, not to mention Elvis Presley. Jackson hosts the International Ballet Competition every four years and is home to Ballet Magnificat, a world premier Christian Ballet Company. Many great writers grew up in Mississippi, including William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and John Grisham. The Blues Trail and the Museum of Art are other points of cultural interest.
Civil War and Civil Rights history abound in Mississippi. In Vicksburg, less than an hour to our west, the National Military Park details the Battle of Vicksburg, complete with battleships from the period. The Civil Rights Movement Driving Tour has 55 different points of interest including Medgar Evers’ home and the Greyhound Bus Station associated with the famous Freedom Riders. The beautiful historical Natchez Trace Parkway (pictured, right) that runs 444 miles between Natchez, MS and Nashville, TN runs past Jackson, and of course, the mighty Mississippi River (which is only 45 minutes away) has a history all its own.
Jackson is home to five colleges: two Christian (Belhaven University, Mississippi College), two HBCUs (Jackson State University, Tougaloo College), and Millsaps. There is a strong homeschooling community in Jackson, as well as a variety of excellent Christian schools (K-12), and the surrounding areas of Clinton and Madison boast some of the best public schools in the state. In addition, Jackson provides many fun educational outings like the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural Science, the Agricultural & Forestry Museum, the Petrified Forest, the Planetarium, and the Zoo.
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