Photo History of Jackson Opening at Museum

Jackson Christmas ParadeMore than one hundred years of Jackson’s history will be on display at the Old Capitol Museum beginning Tuesday, March 12. The new exhibit Jackson: A Photographic History will showcase the capital city’s rich history and growth with archival images of buildings, places, and events.

One of the oldest photographs on exhibit is the 1869 image of the ruins of the Bowman House. The popular boarding house was a gathering place for politicians and served as headquarters for both Union and Confederate generals during the Civil War. It was destroyed in an accidental fire in 1863.

The exhibit features early images of well-known buildings and documents Jackson’s development from a small town of modest homes to a bustling metropolis. The city’s first skyscraper, the circa-1903 state capitol, and the antebellum governor’s mansion are still in use.

Also highlighted in the exhibit are cultural and historical events such as the Tougaloo Nine’s 1961 “read-in” at the whites-only city library and an aerial shot of the 1979 Easter Sunday Flood.

Jackson: A Photographic History will run through July 7. For more information call 601-576-6920.

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