Home Pilgrimage Jubilee Opens Opportunity for Diverse Learning

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Columbus has one of the best collections of historic homes in this part of the state, and for decades the Spring Pilgrimage has given homeowners a chance to show them to visitors.

This year, the pilgrimage has a new name and an expanded purpose.

Visitors have new opportunities to get an overview of the history of the friendly city.

The spring pilgrimage of Christopher Columbus is now the Jubilee of homes.

The familiar tour of the city’s well-preserved Antebellum homes is still the big draw, but organizers now offer a more comprehensive view of its history and people.

This year, in addition to home visits, visitors can also participate in luncheons and learn events to learn about the significance of Columbus’ different communities.

One of those lunch and learn sites is also one of Columbus’ favorite lunch spots, Helen’s Kitchen.

Owner Helen Karriem says she’s grateful to be able to share the story of her hometown and neighborhood.

“I’m honoured. I’m very grateful and I’ve been here almost 34 years and we’ve had a number of things. there’s always something to learn. you’re never too old to learn. nothing like than cooking the old-fashioned way,” Karriem said.

State Representative Kabir Karriem, who is also Miss Helen’s son, is pleased with the Jubilee’s expanded view of the city’s history.

“Today for me was really good because we brought some of the city to our neighborhood and we talked about some of the cultural and historical and cultural things that are going on like the 7th Avenue Festival and talking of the historic significance of 7th ave is one of the only African American business districts where black people did business Today was lunch with a purpose because people have heard of 7th ave,” Karriem said.

Karriem says 7th Avenue will always be a part of history and an important part of her life and the lives of many other people.

And he is eager to share this with his neighbors and visitors.

“I can’t be more grateful for that because we all have a story to tell and this 7th Avenue story is the story of Columbus and it all fits into the narrative and I just hope this lunch today Today with this diverse crowd and diverse group of individuals see the need to help revitalize this region. It’s a good day for Columbus and this area here on 7th Avenue,” Karriem said.

It’s not too late The Jubilee of Couples continues until April 16th.

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