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Before JATRAN: Jackson’s trolley system as told by MissPreservation.

My father has an excellent collection of interesting coins.  Many are valuable, but the most interesting ones have no value in the usual sense.  Case and point can be seen in this little gem:  a public transit token from the days … Continue reading

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Sing “Tammy” for Me: Cid Sumners, Mississippi Writer

by Jesse Yancy In 1949, Twentieth Century-Fox released Pinky, a film that would have a lasting impact on the American film industry. The movie was based on Quality, a novel by Jackson native Cid Ricketts Sumner. Cid Ricketts grew up … Continue reading

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Jackson on the Big Screen: The Beast Within

With the recent premier of The Help, a movie set and mostly filmed in Jackson, I thought it might be timely to start a series about Jackson’s forgotten cinema connections. Almost thirty years ago, Jackson was the location of the … Continue reading

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Lost Bridges of Hinds County part 2

by Jessica Russell (continued from previous post) Not two miles in, a wooden sign for “PIG EARS” and “HOT FISH” launched an impromptu dinner at the Family Reunion Shack, which turned out to be everything one could ever want in … Continue reading

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Lost Bridges of Hinds County part 1

Editor’s Note: This is the first part of a two-part post. We will return soon with more of David McCarty’s Welcome to East Jackson. The only thing that makes a summer day hotter is spending it in the city.  I’m … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO EAST JACKSON. Part I.

by David McCarty In which we visit a Lost City long gone:  a world where bootleggers were demigods, whiskey was good as gold, and the blues ruled supreme. Let me tell you a story about a Lost City just a … Continue reading

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Belhaven’s Hidden Trail

In the friendly tug-of-war Jackson plays with its suburbs over residents, the suburbs have seemingly developed an unlikely edge:  networks of biking and walking trails that can actually take you from place to place. While Jackson doesn’t officially have any … Continue reading

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