Tired of being “cooped up” for the past few months? Us, too! Take in our “Creative Spaces” itinerary for a handful of spots where you can free your soul – safely – in JXNMS.

Big Apple Inn

Sizzle sets the stage, right inside the door of the Big Apple Inn on Farish Street. Red smoked sausage and a big pan of pig ears, steaming and fragrant on the grill, are ready to be folded into the sandwiches that’ve made this historic hole-in-the-wall famous: smokes and ears. Fourth-generation owner Geno Lee can give you the low down on…

Smokes, tamales and pig ear sandwiches at Big Apple Inn

The Farish Street Historical District

A 125-acre late-nineteenth-century grid-patterned neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Farish Street was at one time only second in prominence to Harlem in New York City. This is where you’ll find over 100 years of rich African-American heritage. Visit the newly renovated Alamo Theater then stop in at Johnny T’s (formerly known as The Crystal Palace Night Club) where the likes of Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong once performed. And, check out a handful of public art installations from The Fertile Ground Project, like Adrianne Dominick’s “Mama Rose’s Kitchen.”

“Mama Roses Kitchen,” a Fertile Ground Project mural by Adrianne Dominick on Farish Street

Public Art

Looking for more public art? Use the JXN Public Art Map (on Google) or pick up a printed company in the JXN Welcome Center, both researched and curated by local artist, the late Will Brooks. Our city has long been vibrant, but now, our streets, walls, and common spaces are beginning to match our soul. Public art gives a human element to the cityscape, connecting those that walk its streets.

Be on the lookout for the Big K.R.I.T. mural on the side of the Arts Center of Mississippi (next to Thalia Mara Hall) painted by Birdcap and the JXN Icons mural on the back of the Old Capitol Inn by Shon Perryman.

While public art is popping up all around, heavy concentrations can be found in downtown, Midtown and Fondren.

JXN Icons by Shon Perryman

Stamps Superburger

Greasy, juicy, authentic and original: that’s Stamps Superburger on Dalton Street near Jackson State University.

Their beef burgers are thick and enough for more than a meal. Add fries and you may need a nap! But some diners swear by their turkey burger and, if you don’t do meat, their vegetarian options.

The famous Stamps burger

Stay informed of public health guidance on the state level and in Jackson to minimize risk to yourself and others. Facial coverings and six feet of distance are required. #SafelyExploreJXN #VisitMSResponsibly