The Jackson Area
The area presently known as Jackson was inhabited by the Choctaw Nation. The signing of the Treaty Doak Stand, marks the acquisition point of the land to the United States and is also the point at which Americans began settling the area in numbers so plentiful that they impinged on remaining Choctaw land. Pressure from the U.S. government lead to an agreement in 1830 and a series of treaties which resulted in the removal of the Choctaw Nation from all land east of the Mississippi River. Most moved on to Oklahoma (in Indian Territory), while many chose to stay based on the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek; in which they resigned their tribal status and became state and United States citizens. The Choctaw, in present day Mississippi, have regrouped as the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Located on the Pearl River, the capital city of Jackson (named after Andrew Jackson) is the largest city in the state and it is one of two administrative centers of Hinds County. This came about only because the ideal central location was swamp land and a survey down the Pearl River lead them to present day Jackson, which they found suitable.
Many famous blues, gospel, and jazz artists have come out of Mississippi; earning it the slogan, “the city with soul”. In 2006, the Mississippi Blues Commission established the Mississippi Blues Trail - a series of locations, chosen by a panel of blues scholars and historians, to be recognized via interpretive markers as notable historical sites. One of the old illegal nightclubs, which Jackson was historically known for, is among the designated locations.
Jackson was the site for several protests during the Civil Rights Movement, aimed at desegregating schools and other public places. These demonstrations were spawned by the Freedom Riders – an interracial team of activists who’s activities included boycotts, marches, and sit-ins, which often lead to violent encounters with angry mobs. Jackson is also the site of the killing of civil rights activist, Medgar Evers and other highly publicized attacks such as the bombing of the synagogue of the Beth Israel Congregation by the Ku Klux Klan.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 marks a turning point of racial segregation in the south. Tougaloo College is recognized for helping to facilitate the organization of black and white students to work together towards the cause, earning it a place along the Civil Rights Trail.
Hotel Services & Amenities
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Jackson North offers a clean and comfortable environment for you to enjoy your stay in Jackson, MS. Pillowtop beds come standard in each room and provide a soft, comfortable cradle for you to rest each night. While in the room, keep yourself entertained with a 40” flat panel television with premium cable television. Free wireless high speed Internet helps you stay online and keeps all of your devices on the grid and online profiles and resources accessible.
Need to make a local call? It’s free with the in-room telephone equipped with voicemail. An onsite fitness center has everything you need to maintain your fitness while traveling. Take an invigorating swim in the as an extension to your workout or to simply cool off on a hot summer day. Brew yourself a cup of coffee first thing in the morning with the in-room coffee maker then head downstairs for a complete meal with our Free Bright Side breakfast®.
Attractions Near Jackson, Mississippi
With a city filled so rich in history, it would be a shame for you to pass through Jackson without stopping at one of the local museums including the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Old Capitol Museum, Mississippi Museum of Arts, Mississippi Children’s Museum, and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. While you’re out and about, make plans to visit a few stops along the Civil Rights Trail, and if you are a fan of blues music, the Mississippi Blues Trail.
If you are bringing the kids along, they will love the Jackson Zoo with more than 120 animal species in simulated natural habitats where they can trail along with curious eyes in a train or have a whimsical ride on a carousel. There are also scheduled events that you should be sure to ask about to get the most out of your trip.
Check out the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, or the Mississippi Coliseum schedules for events happening during your stay and add it to your agenda to squeeze in a day of entertainment at one of these venues. If you already have plans to attend an event, that’s all the more reason to stay at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Jackson North to get a close location near the event.
If you want to do some shopping you will have many options at the nearby Northpark Mall, Renaissance Mall, Dogwood Outlet Mall, and the Outlets of Mississippi. There are several colleges and universities in the area including Millsaps College, Jackson State University, Hinds Community College, Holmes Community College, and Belhaven College. The University of Mississippi Medical Center, St. Dominic Hospital, Baptist Medical Center, and Central Mississippi Medical Center are also near the hotel along with other area businesses.
If you have plans to stay at any of these Jackson area attractions, book your room at the La Quinta Inn & Suites hotel today.