EXPERIENCE PORT GIBSON
Enjoy an afternoon exploring Port Gibson, known as “the town too beautiful to burn,” the City of Churches, and our newest, “the Pearl of Southwest Mississippi” because on this mini-tour you will get a glimpse of this hidden jewel of history and hospitality.
Following a delicious, authentic Southern meal and live entertainment at Mississippi’s Finest restaurant, a short walking tour will explore a few notable sites from the Civil Rights movement in Claiborne County. We will begin with the Civil Rights mural in Lightfoot Park, which commemorates many of the local leaders in the community as well as the foot soldiers whose names were not as well known. Next, First Baptist Church, which was a hub of religious and social action, where MS State Troopers actually shot into the church during a riot, and Fair Street, which at one time might have been considered the Black Wall Street of Claiborne County.
Your mini-tour will continue at Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, where for over 40 years they have worked to discover, preserve, and celebrate the rich history and traditions of this community and Southwest MS. MCC is best known for its work in quilting, oral history, art, and theater programs for children and adults, and creating unique and engaging cultural experiences for local residents and tourists alike.
When you visit, you can expect to see and talk with quilters quilting around a traditional quilt frame, view our hanging quilt collection, and see several exhibits that tell part of the Port Gibson/Claiborne County story. Staff will be available in the gallery to give additional information or answer questions, plus bathrooms and water will be available.
Finally, a driving tour of Port Gibson will take you past over 150 years of architectural history within just a few blocks. Buildings from each of Mississippi’s times of prosperity in the 1830s, 1850s, and around the turn of the twentieth century are represented. You’ll see historic homes, schools, businesses, and houses of worship, including the oldest synagogue building in the state of Mississippi, as well the First Presbyterian Church, which features a hand pointing to Heaven atop its steeple. The tour ends there, where you’ll be treated to a short presentation of sacred songs representing the entire sweep of Mississippi’s musical heritage.