Farish Street Financial Timeline







1 10/9/81


CDBG* Revitalization study


CDBG Extension of study
3 7/23/82


Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities via JSU Historical survey of Farish Street
4 12/10/89


CDBG Infrastructure, business loans, housing


CDBG Farish Street park
6 11/22/94


Jackson/Hinds Co. Mary Means (Means Consulting)
7 11/22/95


State of Ms. Alamo renovation
8 3/7/96


National Trust for Historic Preservation/State of Ms. Renovation of Scott Ford House


Acquisition of property in Farish St. district
10 3/26/98


National Equity Fund; $600,000 from local banks; $350,000, CDBG (city) “Rehab” of 37 historic houses
11 4/27/99


State of Ms. Farish St. revitalization
12 4/27/99


Fannie Mae Farish St. revitalization (matching of state funds
13 3/23/01


HUD? Infrastructure
14 5/22/01


City of Jackson water and sewer fund Infrastructure
15 1/12/02


($50,000 J. Paul Getty Trust; $12,500 Ms. Dept. Archives and History; $3,500 Gannett, Inc.; $8,000 ChemFirst, Inc.) Farish St./Scott-Ford Museum
16 3/8/11


Civil rights grant(?) Medgar Evers House Museum


*(Community Development Block Grant – HUD)

Not included in this document are amounts for donations of real estate (e.g.: from state of Mississippi; donation of Alamo from Sunburst Bank), funding for the Smith-Robertson Museum and contract fees paid to Performa Entertainment and subsequent developers.

1) Hester, Lea Ann. “City expected to extend study of Farish Street.” The Clarion-Ledger 19 October 1981: 1B. Print.
2) Ibid.
3) Hester, Lea Ann. “Farish: Older than thought?” The Clarion-Ledger 23 July 1801: 1B. Print.
4) Scruggs, Afi-Odelia E. “Development plan fails to revitalize Farish Street.” The Clarion-Ledger 10 December 1989: 1A. Print.
5) Ibid.
6) Simmons, Grace. “Farish Street consultants to share info.” The Clarion-Ledger 9 October 1993: (no page cited)
7) Gates, Jimmie. “Renovation closer for Farish Street’s Alamo Theatre.” The Clarion-Ledger 22 November 1995: (no page cited)
8) Harris, Barbara. The Jackson Advocate. “Farish Street Historic District gets infusion of national, state funding.” 7 March 1996: 1A. Print.
9) Ibid.
10) Fleming, Eric. “Farish Street renovation under way.” The Mississippi Link. 26 March 1998. 1A: Print.
11) Henderson, Monique H. “Draft document targets Farish St. Historic District:12M allotted for development of district.” The Clarion-Ledger. 27 April 1999. 1B Print.
12) Ibid.
13) Mayer, Greg. “$1.5M grant going to Farish Street.” The Clarion-Ledger. 22 March 2001. 1B: Print.
14) Ibid.
15) _______. “Black museum receives grant.” The Picayune Item. 12 January 2000. (no page cited)
16) Mitchell, Jerry. “$2M-plus in grants awarded to state civil rights sites.” (“$210,000 will help stabilize the foundation and repair the Medgar Evers House Museum in Jackson.”) The Clarion-Ledger. 3 August 2011. (no page cited)



5 Replies to “Farish Street Financial Timeline”

  1. I was Federal Programs Administrator for the City when we allocated CDBG funds for Farish Street with much of it going to acquire property in the two block area from Amite St. to Hamilton St. for the Entertainment District and for the infrastructure improvements. What concerns me is that from the Yarber administration to the present the Farish Street Entertainment District is not being given the attention and priority it deserves. It would create jobs and spur the revitalization of downtown Jackson.

  2. I was Federal Programs Administrator for the City of Jackson when we allocated CDBG funds for the Farish Street Entertainment District for the acquisition of properties and infrastructure improvements. Unfortunately since the Yarber administration Farish Street has not been given the priority it deserves. It would create jobs and revitalize downtown Jackson

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