Jackson State University's 131-acre campus is a short drive from downtown, located in the southwest corner of the city. Established in Natchez in 1877, the campus was moved to Jackson in 1882 and eventually came under state sponsorship in 1940. Founded to train newly freed slaves and prepare them for life after bondage, the school today is devoted to the pursuit of personal enlightenment, scientific research and cultural development. The school's Tigers compete in many intercollegiate sports, and their "Sonic Boom" marching band has been acclaimed worldwide.
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