Jackson, Mississippi: War Memorial and Old Capitol Building

Old Capitol building has ghostlike all-white dummies of 19th century politicians. Next-door war memorial extrudes 1930s outdoor sculptures of WWI doughboys.

Address:
E. Amite St., Jackson, MS
Directions:
I-55 exit 96A (Pearl St.). Turn right at stoplight onto US Hwy 51/S. State St. Make next right onto E. Amite St. Turn right into Old Capitol parking lot. Walk around south side of building to enter through the front. The war memorial is next to the north side of the Old Capitol
Hours:
Building open T-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
601-576-6920
Admission:
Free
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War Memorial and Old Capitol Building

Stop by the downtown Old Capitol building and war memorial for a free step back into Mississippi's history. Neat statues and displays.

[Angela, 06/26/2015]

The Old Capitol was Mississippi's statehouse from 1839 to 1903, in the heydays of slavery, poll taxes, and Jim Crow segregation. One indoor exhibit is a pile of excavated Old Capitol rubble.

General William T. Sherman Necktie

In the Old Capitol Museum, which is in the Old Capitol building, is an authentic General William T. Sherman Necktie. Such an example of a Sherman necktie is quite rare. It's not an item of men's neckwear; a Sherman Necktie is an iron railroad rail, heated in the middle and twisted around a tree. This was one of Sherman's favorite methods of destroying the railroads in the South during the Civil War. Along with many exceptional exhibits at this fine museum is the nation's first permanent Civil Rights Movement exhibit.

[Lawanda Turnage, 08/10/1999]

The term "Sherman Necktie" takes some artistic liberty, since the "tie" part of railroad track is the wooden plank under the rail, as readers have reminded us....


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