Farish Street

Jackson, MS

After the end of the American Civil War Farish Street became the heart of a thriving middle-class African American community. The street became notable for live and recorded music. The neighborhood was abandoned by the middle-class with the coming of suburbanization and the end of legal segregation.

In 1983, architect Steven Horn initially presented a plan for redeveloping Farish Street. In 1995 the street was designated as an endangered historic place by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In the 1990s, Performa Entertainment Real Estate, who had redeveloped Memphis' Beale Street was brought in to take charge of the redevelopment. In 2008, The Farish Street Group took over the project with plans for a B.B. King's Blues Club to anchor the entertainment district.

When I visited in 2011 and 2012, the redevelopment was stuck in limbo and had been limited to repaving of the street, stabilization some of the abandoned buildings and demolition of many of the rest (Jackson Free Press).

Farish Street - Farish Street Development Project banner
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Farish Street Development Project banner
Farish Street - Farish Street from afar
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Farish Street from afar
Farish Street - Farish Street
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Farish Street - Farish Street
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Farish Street - Farish Street
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Farish Street - Farish Street
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Farish Street - Farish Street
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Farish Street - Farish Street
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Farish Street - Jones Corner
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Jones Corner
Farish Street - Farish at Griffith
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Farish at Griffith
Farish Street - Hill-Holly Building (1903)
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Hill-Holly Building (1903)
Farish Street - Hill-Holly Building (1903)
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Hill-Holly Building (1903)
Farish Street - Farish Street
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Farish Street - Trumpet Records
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Trumpet Records
Farish Street - Trumpet Records
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Trumpet Records
Farish Street - Farish Street
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Farish Street - Jackson Police Department Museum/Substation
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Jackson Police Department Museum/Substation
Farish Street - Brown Circle
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Brown Circle
Farish Street - Farish Street
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Farish Street
Farish Street - Peaches Cafe - great southern cooking
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Peaches Cafe - great southern cooking
Farish Street - Fried chicken
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Fried chicken
Farish Street - Palace Auditorium
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Palace Auditorium
Farish Street - Palace Auditorium
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Palace Auditorium
Farish Street - Palace Auditorium
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Palace Auditorium
Farish Street - Palace Auditorium
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Palace Auditorium
Farish Street - Culvert under Palace Auditorium
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Culvert under Palace Auditorium
Farish Street - Palace Auditorium (rear)
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Palace Auditorium (rear)
Farish Street - Burnout
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Burnout
Farish Street - Burnout
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Burnout
Farish Street - Pending reconstruction
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Pending reconstruction
Farish Street - East Hamilton Street
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East Hamilton Street
Farish Street - Hamilton at Bloom abandonment
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Hamilton at Bloom abandonment
Farish Street - Burnout
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Burnout

All these woes shall serve for sweet discourses in our time to come. (William Shakespeare)