Meridian, Mississippi






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A Taste of Meridian, Mississippi

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT MERIDIAN?

  1. Meridian is a city in and the county seat of Lauderdale County, Mississippi, United States. It is the sixth largest city in the state and the principal city of the Meridian, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area. Population, 39,968.

  2. The area is served by two military facilities, Naval Air Station Meridian and Key Field, which provide over 4,000 jobs to the surrounding area. NAS Meridian is home to the Regional Counter-Drug Training Academy (RCTA) and the first local Department of Homeland Security in the state.

  3. Among the city's many arts organizations and historic buildings are the Riley Center, the Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian Little Theatre, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. Meridian was also home to two Carnegie libraries, one for African Americans and one for whites.

  4. Other notable natives include Miss America 1986 Susan Akin, James Chaney one of the victims of the Mississippi civil rights workers murders in 1964, and Hartley Peavey, founder of Peavey Electronics which is headquartered in Meridian. The federal courthouse was the site of the 1966-1967 trial of suspects in the murder of Chaney and two other activists; it was the first time a white jury convicted a white official of a civil rights killing.

  5. During the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Meridian was home to a Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) office and several other activist organizations. James Chaney and other local residents, along with Michael Schwerner, his wife Rita, and Andrew Goodman, volunteers from the North, worked on creating a community center to help prepare African Americans in the area to regain the power to vote. Whites in the area resented the activism, and racial tension often translated to violence. In June 1964, Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman went to Neshoba County, Mississippi to meet with members of a black church which had been bombed and burned. The three disappeared that night on their way back to Meridian, and their bodies were discovered, buried in an earthen dam, two months later.

  6. Seven Klansmen, including a deputy sheriff, were convicted in the federal courthouse in Meridian of "depriving the victims of their civil rights" and three were acquitted in the Mississippi civil rights workers murders trial. It was the first time that a white jury had convicted "a white official in a civil rights killing." In 2005, the case was reopened by the state, which brought charges in the case for the first time. Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison. Meridian later honored Chaney by renaming a portion of 49th Avenue after him and holding an annual memorial service.

Radio Stations
WMBU 89.1 FM Forest, MS Religious
WZKM 89.7 FM Waynesboro, MS Religious
WSJA 91.3 FM York, AL Religious
WSQH 91.7 FM Decatur, MS Religious
WQST 92.5 FM Forest, MS Religious
W226BI (WMER) 93.1 FM Meridian, MS Gospel Music
WKZB 95.1 FM Marion, MS Classic Hits
WNSL 100.3 FM Laurel, MS Top-40
WZKS 104.1 FM Union, MS Urban Contemporary
WSLY 104.9 FM York, AL Sports
WJXM 105.7 FM De Kalb, MS Urban Contemporary
WEXR 106.9 FM Stonewall, MS Easy Listening
WYLS 670 AM York, AL Blues
WALT 910 AM Meridian, MS Talk
WMOX 1010 AM Meridian, MS Talk
WNBN 1290 AM Meridian, MS Gospel Music
WMER 1390 AM Meridian, MS Gospel Music
WYHL 1450 AM Meridian, MS Gospel Music

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Demographics of Meridian, Mississippi

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

44.0%

54.4%

0.2%

0.6%

1.1%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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Businesses in Meridian, Mississippi


A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. Aida's African Hair Braiding -  Category: Natural Black Hair Salons -   - 800 22nd Ave Meridian, MS (601) 453-3916

  2. Fatima Professional Hair -  Category: Natural Black Hair Salons -   - 2500 N Hills St Meridian, MS (601) 453-5436

  3. Sherron's Braid Shop -  Category: Natural Black Hair Salons -   - 2106 Front St Meridian, MS (601) 481-1000

  4. Studio 601 -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   - 2214 9th Street Meridian, MS 39301 (601) 485-6002

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BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.

  1. Mississippi Memo Digest -  Category: African American Newspaper -   2511 Fifth Street, Box 5782, Meridian, MS, 39301 (601) 693-2372

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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Binkie's Restaurant & Catering -  Category: Southern/Soul, American -   414 39th Ave Meridian, MS 39307 (601) 693-4852

  2. Checker Board -  Category: Southern, Soul Food, Buffets -   2223 S Frontage Rd Meridian, MS 39301 (601) 481-1039   - (reviews)

  3. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   609 Highway 11 And 80, Meridian, MS 39301 (601) 482-3003   - (visit website)

  4. Dobi's Ragin Cajun -  Category: Cajun -   4900 Poplar Springs Dr Ste 21 Meridian, MS 39305 (601) 282-5876   - (reviews)

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CITY VIDEO CONNECTION


Red Carpet costume party hosted by Nykolas Alford, and Jessica Johnson on Oct. 27th @ Faces Lounge in Meridian

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CHURCHES



  1. Greater Allen Chapel AME Church -  2222 17th Ave Meridian, MS 39301 (601) 693-3337

  2. Paradise Church of God In Christ -  2103 13th Ave Meridian, MS 39301 (601) 483-8130   - (visit website)

  3. St James Ame Church -  3704 Davis St Meridian, MS 39307-6939 (601) 693-8547   - (visit website)

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ENTERTAINMENT



  1. Faces Lounge -  Category: Jazz/Blues/Dining -   820 22nd Ave Meridian, MS 39301 (601) 880-6315   - (visit website)

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