Downtown Jackson has plenty of notable events in its history

As the Jackson-Madison County Bicentennial Commission continues its year-long celebration set to wrap up in August with Jackson’s 200th birthday, a number of events celebrating the history of Downtown Jackson, East Jackson and Jackson music made for a full day of local education.

Local historian Robert Briley, a longtime educator in Jackson-Madison County Schools, put together a historical walk around Downtown, giving the history of many of the buildings – government and commercial – in the area.

Here are a few of the historical highlights of that tour.

The Rainey-Kizer building is the oldest building in Downtown at the corner of Main Street and Highland Avenue, which was known as Market Street in Jackson’s early days. The building has stood since 1830, even surviving two burnings during the Civil War.

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