Black History Month in Jackson

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2020 Black History Month

February is Black History Month! The City of Jackson is recognizing this annual celebration by sharing the history of places important to the African American experience in Jackson.

In 2019, the City honored the month by sharing stories of local African Americans who made an impact in the community and nation. This year, the City is telling the stories of places that have impacted the lives of African Americans in Jackson. Locations like the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and the original site of the Jackson Blazer newspaper will be recognized. Assistant to the City Manager Amber Clark and Public Information Officer Aaron Dimick are leading this effort by researching locations, writing profiles and posting to social media. 

These daily celebrations can be found on this page, and on the City’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts throughout February, 2020. To submit a person/location to be highlighted for Black History Month, email Aaron Dimick or email Amber Clark.  

Starting the Project (PDF)

Mt. Evergreen Cemetery (PDF) 

Lucy Thurman’s House (PDF)

Green Book Locations in Jackson (PDF) 

Breaking Color Barriers at the Rio Bar (PDF)

Blazer Newspaper Original Location (PDF)

Grover Leake Park (PDF)

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (PDF)

Second Missionary Baptist Church (PDF)

Charles Anderson Building at Henry Ford Allegiance Health (PDF)

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Renaming (PDF) 

2019 Black History Month

For Black History Month 2019, the City of Jackson celebrated the month by honoring African American residents from Jackson’s past and present. Profiles of these men and women were shared on the City’s website and social media platforms. All of 2019’s profiles are available on this page. 

Starting the Project

Wilbur & Cleomae Dungy

Elnora Moorman

Danny Poole 

Lucy Thurman 

Carl Breeding 

Babbie Mason

Amos Polk Williams 

Teressa Delph

Betty Joplin 

Flamingo T. Brown

Benny Poole

Shirley Pitts

The White Family

Emma P. Nichols 

Sadie & Ex Rhodes Barham

Alice Lewis 

To further honor the month, Mayor Derek Dobies signed a proclamation that proclaims February, 2019 as Black History Month in the City of Jackson.  YouTube video of the proclamation.