Mississippi History Trails
Mississippi invites you to "Experience the Blues where they were born". Over 200 markers across the state take you on an unforgettable journey into the land that spawned the single most important root source of modern popular music - The Blues. The Mississippi Gulf Coast currently has 8 Mississippi Blues Trail markers celebrating the history of Blues joints in Bay St Louis, Pass Christian, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Moss Point and Pascagoula.
The Mississippi Country Music Trail casts a spotlight on state’s contributions to country music. The Magnolia State is well-known for the Blues but we invite you to meet its multi-talented first cousin, Country Music. Call it hillbilly, honky tonk, neo-traditional or whatever you choose, country music has deep roots and continues to thrive in Mississippi. The Mississippi Gulf Coast has a marker in Vancleave celebrating Paul Overstreet and Biloxi celebrates Chris LeDoux.
The Mississippi Freedom Trail was created in 2011 to commemorate the people and places in the state that played a pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement. A new, interactive Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson explores the true stories of the Civil Rights movement, and shows how those events shaped a state and changed the world. There are over 20 sites on the Mississippi Freedom Trail where you can experience history at the source. Coastal Mississippi's Biloxi Beach Wade-In was recently added to the Freedom Trail.