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Jackson train station commemorated by AMTRAK

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The train station in Jackson is being recognized by AMTRAK for its role in the Underground Railroad, the system that helped escaped slaves reach freedom in the north.

An application has been filed with the National Park Service for the station to be included in the National Underground Networks of Freedom.

During a livestreamed ceremony at the train station today (TUESDAY), Mayor Derek Dobies made a connection between the station’s history and modern-day Jackson.

“As our city continues to move forward with various racial equity initiatives, it’s important that we continue always to look towards the past and recognize those who first sought to dismantle white supremacy,” said Dobies.

AMTRAK has owned and operated the train station in Jackson since 1976.