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Recently, the doors opened on a new chapter of on an old tradition in Bessemer. Marcus Jackson and his wife Tajae recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Jackson’s Bait Shop at 729 North Ninth Street in Bessemer. This is the same location as Larry Sullivan’s Bait Shop that was open for 34 years till 2017 when Mr. Sullivan passed away. Jackson’s Bait Shop is the first African American owned bait shop in Bessemer. Jackson’s Bait Shop was the idea of Marcus Jackson. Jackson wanted to do something different after talking to Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley and Bessemer City Councilman of District # 1 Jarvis Collier. Jackson says that he was trying to figure out what was missing in Bessemer, and then it hit him a bait shop. One of Jackson’s goals is to inspire the young people of Bessemer and the surrounding communities to become interested in fishing and show them a world they might not know about. Jackson’s Bait Shop offers everything that an angler could want from rods, reels, tackle, hand-tied tackle, and even live bait, including minows, red worms, nightcrawlers, crickets, mill worms, wax worms and more. They also offer rod and reel repair. Jackson has hired two Oak Grove students, Nathan Webster and Jayden Taylor. They are very knowledgable about fishing and everything in the store. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted by the Bessemer Area Chamber Of Commerce. Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley, Bessemer City Council members Kimberely Alexander and Jarvis Collier, Bessemer Police Cheif Mike Roper along with Bessemer Chamber Ambassadors, friends and family were in attendance for the ceremony. Go bye, Jackson’s Bait Shop and become part of the new tradition in fishing in the Bessemer Cutoff. Follow Jackson’s Bait Shop on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Jacksons-Bait-Shop. Give them a call at 205.434.3879. They are open from Monday through Saturday from 6 am till 5 pm.