Welcome to Grenada Commons, dedicated to recognizing the joys of everyday life in Grenada, Mississippi. Located halfway between Memphis and Jackson on Interstate 55, Grenada is a remarkable place, full of rich history and strong promise for the future. Celebrate with us the many aspects of our community. On the edge of the Mississippi Delta, Grenada is also in the Hills, which creates an unique ecosystems, with plants and birds not easily found anywhere else. Or consider the largest lake in Mississippi, Grenada Lake, one of 4 lakes built to control the Mississippi River flood plain by the Army Corps of Engineers. A great fishing and recreation lake, it is surrounded by State and National Park land, which offer abundant hiking and camping opportunities. Or kayak through our gorgeous local swamp, or fly airplanes or balloons or parachute at Grenada’s airport, which offers ILs approaches and a runway long enough for any plane yet made to take off and land.
Did you know that Mississippi John Hurt, a pivotal person in the development of modern music, spent his last years here? That Magic Sam and Magic Slim were from Grenada? That John Marascalco, who wrote for Elvis and Little Richard and others, is from Grenada? That his Good Golly Miss Molly was written about Grenada, and the title provided by our own Jimmy Penick (sp?). Grenada just received its fourth marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, in honor of our very much alive Eddie Willis, lead guitarist with the Funk Brothers, the sound of Motown. And of course our Grenada High School Band has for decades now been recognized on the national scene as The Band To Beat. The high school’s Visions Show Choir and its jazz ensemble are state prize winners and beyond. Music is important to everyone in town.
Whether the subject is Civil Rights or Civil War, Grenada has been at the heart of the issues, with Martin Luther King, Jr and Joan Baez marching here, with former Governor and Grenada native son William Winter intently brokering peace and working to avoid bloodshed in Grenada in the 1960’s, when hundreds of children were put in jail and we have the mug shots to prove it.
Come on in, pull up a seat, and join us. Take a peek, or stay all day. And come on down. We would love to see you.