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  • Cultural/Recreational Resources

    The Jackson metro area and Mississippi have a rich cultural history. Outside of the Training Program, there are a number of local community-based organizations promoting diversity. Additionally, there are a number of cultural events that occur throughout the year and numerous recreational opportunities available.

    LGBT resources

    Festivals and resources celebrating blues culture

    Civil rights movement/African American history

    Other history/cultural resources

    • Choctaw Museum, local Native American tribe, Choctaw, MS
    • Elvis Presley Birthplace, Tupelo, MS
    • Hot Tamale Trail, Latin American History, MS Delta located from Tunica to Vicksburg
    • India Association of Mississippi
    • Mississippi Agricultural and Cultural Museum, Jackson
    • Mississippi Children's Museum, Jackson
    • Mississippi Museum of Art, exhibits of Mississippian art and history, Jackson
    • Mississippi Museum of Natural History, focuses on Mississippi's natural resources and inhabitants, Jackson
    • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Jackson
    • Natchez Trace Parkway, scenic road stretching from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN and running through the Jackson Metro area
    • Windsor Ruins, near Port Gibson, MS

    Various cultural events/festivals

    Religious organizations/resources

    • Beth Israel Congregation, largest Jewish congregation in Mississippi, Jackson
    • First Presbyterian Church, one of largest Presbyterian churches in South, Jackson
    • Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, Jackson's first religious home, active ministry to the homeless
    • Hindu Temple, Brandon, MS
    • International Museum of Muslim Cultures, Jackson
    • Magnolia Grove Monastery (Buddhist), Batesville, MS
    • Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Jackson
    • Sikh Foundation of Greater Mississippi, Jackson

    Recreational/outdoor activities

    • Barnett Reservoir, parks, hunting, fishing, camping, located in Rankin, Madison, and Hinds counties
    • Clark Creek Natural Area, Woodville, MS
    • Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore, hiking, biking, bird watching, picnicking, Ocean Springs, MS
    • DeSoto National Forest, Tuxachanie Hiking Trail (Wiggins, MS), Black Creek Trail (New Augusta, MS)
    • Homochitto National Forest, Clear Springs Recreational Area Trails, near Brookhaven, MS
    • Jackson Zoo
    • LeFlore's Bluff State Park, Camping, hiking, birdwatching, canoeing, disc golf, golfing
    • Longleaf Trace, running, biking, hiking, hourseback riding, runs 41 miles from Hattiesburg to Prentiss
    • Mississippi Braves, local minor league professional baseball team, Pearl, MS
    • Mississippi Petrified Forest, nature trail, museum, campground, gem fluming, Flora, MS
    • Pearl River Waterfowl Refuge and Wildlife Management Area, Highway 43 about 1 mile east of the Natchez Trace
    • Percy Quinn State Park Nature Trail, McComb, MS
    • Ridgeland Multipurpose Trail, 12 mile paved trail for biking, walking, and jogging
    • Russell C. Davis Planetarium, one of largest in country, Jackson
    • Tanglefoot Trail, runs 43 miles from New Albany to Houston
    • Thacker Mountain Trails, hiking and biking, Oxford, MS
    • Vicksburg National Military Park, civil war historical site, Vicksburg, MS
    • Woodall Mountain, highest natural point in MS, near Iuka, MS