When lawyer David Watkins was hired to consult on a project that would revitalize the African-American cultural district of Jackson, Miss., "I was losing my identity and just beginning to really feel my entrepreneurial spirit," he recalls. Today, Watkins and his new partners are rebuilding historic Farish Street, the four-block strip made famous by B.B. King, Charlie Patton and Nat King Cole. With blues clubs, restaurants, galleries and hotels, Farish Street will be a living "history of Jackson, the blues and the civil rights struggle," Watkins says.

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