Written by Paul Johnson on January 10, 2022 in Accommodation, attractions, events, going out, hotels, Mississippi, North America, regions, travel miscellaneous, USA
No other place captures the heart and soul of the true South like Mississippi: From the Gulf Coast to the Delta, Mississippi has produced many of the world’s most famous musical artists of all time. Tupelo, in the Northeast, is where Elvis Presley was born and raised, and Meridian, the current home of Bevy Electronics, was home to “country music father” Jimmy Rodgers. The flat, fertile region of the delta, along the Mississippi River in the northwest, is rich in cotton, catfish, and grouse. Here, blues musicians like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and John Lee Hooker began their brilliant careers.
The Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country Music Trail are unforgettable tours of the land that gave birth to the blues and inspired the wang. Hundreds of signs are scattered throughout Mississippi, providing the perfect soundtrack for a southern road trip.
Here’s what to look for in Mississippi in 2022:
New in February: Tupelo Hotel, Tupelo
The Tupelo Hotel will be a four-storey boutique hotel with 80 rooms and will include a local restaurant concept along with ample meeting room space. The hotel will have two suites facing Main Street and Fairgrounds with the statue of Tupelo’s most famous son: Elvis Presley.
New April-September: A Movement in Every Direction: The Legacies of the Great Migration at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
The historical phenomenon known as the Great Migration saw more than six million African Americans leave the South for cities across the United States at the beginning of the 20th century and into the 1970s. This amazing movement of people has changed almost every aspect of black life, in both rural cities and urban capitals. The impact of the Great Migration stimulated the flourishing of black culture and also created a new cadre of artists, writers, musicians, and makers. Through this project, a group of artists across generations with their ancestral ties to the South research and reflect on their personal histories and migration narratives through the lens of their contemporary practices.
New July-September: The Negro Car Driver’s Green Book at the Mississippi History Museum, Jackson
The Negro Motorist Green Book, an exhibit developed by Smithsonian Mobile Exhibition Services in collaboration with Candace Taylor, award-winning author, illustrator and cultural documenter, provides an immersive look at the travel realities of mid-century African-Americans in America and America. How the Annual Guide served as an indispensable resource for the rising African American middle class and evidence of a vibrant business class.
New Vikings River Cruises on the Lower Mississippi
Climb aboard the newest, most modern ship on the Mississippi River with all exterior rooms, private verandas, spacious communal areas, and clean Scandinavian design reimagined for the Mississippi River. A variety of trails are available that combine Mississippi, New Orleans, and Memphis.