11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Farish Street Historic District
Year Listed: 1995
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
During the century between the end of the Civil War and the end of segregation, the Farish Street neighborhood was a thriving middle-class African American community whose self-sufficiency was a response to the segregated and often hostile society outside. But like many other inner-city areas, Farish Street suffers from the effects of years of neglect. Many revitalization plans have been formulated, but few have proven successful. More than 200 buildings have been demolished in little more than a decade, but the 700 that remain represent a rich heritage worthy of research, preservation, interpretation and active use. Without comprehensive planning and reinvestment, continued decline will still the heartbeat of this once-vibrant monument to the indomitable spirit of African American citizens.