For more than 100 years, this 125-acre spread has served as the unofficial center of black culture in Mississippi’s capital. The neighborhood is home to both residences and businesses, and many of its historic buildings have been in continuous use for more than a century.
This area was designated the Farish Street Neighborhood Historic District by the city of Jackson in 1994 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This pride was regularly expressed in the pages of the Jackson Advocate and the Mississippi Enterprise, two African American weekly community newspapers. The Advocate, which is still published, has operated on Farish Street for over 60 years.
In the Farish Street area in the 1960s, civil rights workers and members of the African American community were entertained at the historic Alamo Theater and the Crystal Palace and dined at Stevens Kitchen, the Home Dining Room, the Big Apple Inn, and Peaches. Across from the Alamo, they bought peanuts from the Peanut Man and sassafras root from Mr. Amos, a blind street vendor.