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Man behind "The Pursuit of Happyness" in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Chris Gardner, the man portrayed in the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" is spending some time in Jackson.

Gardner is in town for a family reunion. We caught up with him at the Smith Robertson Museum where he admired some African artwork. During his trip to town, Gardner says he's visited lots of historic sites like Medgar Evers' home and the old Greyhound bus station. Gardner says he enjoys learning about Mississippi's rich history.

"Everything that's been done started here, if it wasn't for folks in that room right here, if they didn't do what they did, regular folks who did extraordinary things, a whole lot of stuff would be different," says Gardner.

Now a very successful businessman, Gardner is the CEO of Gardner Rich LLC. Prior to Gardner's success he and his son spent time living in poverty and homelessness. Will Smith played Gardner in the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness."

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