• What Farish Street Means To Us

    The Farish Street Historic District stands as a powerful symbol of the resilience, ingenuity, endurance, and rich culture of a community that had only recently emerged from the grips of slavery, a mere 10-12 years prior. This historic district represents a pivotal period in history characterized by Black empowerment and progress, despite the systemic barriers imposed by the prevailing laws and social order of the time—namely, the era of Reconstruction (1865-1877) and the era of Jim Crow (1877-1965). As a family, we have dedicated ourselves to the important task of documenting, preserving, and safeguarding the legacy of unparalleled economic, social, and political achievements made by African Americans in Jackson, Mississippi, during the significant periods of Reconstruction (1865-1877) and Jim Crow (1877-1965).


    The Farish Forward Fest has joined forces with the Willie and Aikisha Colon Foundation, a dedicated organization committed to enhancing the community. The foundation's core mission encompasses education, economic development, physical and mental wellness, and sports. By collaborating with the Farish Forward Fest, proceeds generated from the event will contribute to the ongoing fulfillment of this important mission.

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