Watkins Street Cementary This cemetery was begun in 1909 by the purchase of 17 acres. It was then known as The Colored Peoples Cemetery. Today burials are allowed and the grounds are maintained by volunteers, county workers, and a spirited civic group.
Start A New Path This prominent African American was president of Natchez College for many years. The historic institution was supported originally by African American Baptists of Mississippi and gained a fine reputation under Professor Owen’s direction
Heading Clarence “Bud” Scott, Sr., led one of the most popular dance bands in the Mississippi-Louisiana region for several decades beginning around 1900. Scott (1876-1938), a lifelong Natchez resident, was renowned among both white and black audiences. Although the dances were segregated,
Natchez Junior College was a private junior college located in Natchez, Mississippi, United States.  Natchez was a historically black college. Natchez opened in 1884 and closed in 1989.  Natchez College was formed in 1884 by an effort of the Baptist State Missionary Convention
Played a major role in meetings during the civil rights era of the ’60s in Natchez. The site of arrest during the Parchman Ordeal.
St. John’s is one of the oldest African-American church buildings in Natchez. Set near the street on Martin Luther King, Jr. at the intersection of High Street, the brick church has served as a place of worship for its congregation since about
Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Natchez, Mississippi traces its origins as far back as 1837 in a shared legacy with First Baptist Church and later Wall Street Baptist Church, two predominantly white congregations in Natchez in 1850. It is however recognized
Henry Gurney photographed Zion Chapel A.M.E. Church in 1866, the year the congregation bought the building built in 1858 as the Second Presbyterian Church. Zion Chapel had earlier purchased the Methodist Church that fronted Union Street between Main and Franklin streets, but
The photograph of the 1946 Brumfield High School Choral. Club, taken in the front yard of Brumfield, provides the best image of the Louis Winston House on the left. The house unfortunately burned in the 1990s. The house on the right, which
In 871, during Reconstruction, Natchez elected a black mayor,Robert Wood , and an integrated board of alderman. Natchez was the only Mississippi town to elect an African american mayor during Reconstruction. At the end of the Civil War, Wood worked as a