June 20, 2002
On the first floor we walked through several rooms filled with exhibits about the Native American population that once thrived in Mississippi. We meandered our way through time, reading about everything from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, stopping only to look at pottery in the gift shop. School children in summer programs followed staff members closely around the exhibits. Footsteps echoed in the large foyer as the morning wore on and more visitors entered the building. I personally found it interesting to look into the old governor’s office, which still has a portrait of Jefferson Davis hanging on the wall. The old Senate gallery, too, has a hushed and solemn feel about it, as if echoes of past speeches of great political import could still be heard today.
Anyone interested in the history of Mississippi or "Chimneyville" (Jackson's nickname after the Civil War; because so much of it was burned to the ground, on many streets only the chimneys were left standing) will enjoy this museum.
Contact Number: 601-359-6920
From journal Uncovering the Jewels in Jackson