Tag Archives: Natchez

The Rhythm Night Club Fire

Many may know about the Rhythm Night Club fire in 1940 that claimed the lives of some 200+ (accounts vary widely of the number who died and number present) African Americans gathered for a show by the Walter Barnes Orchestra … Continue reading

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Bluff City Undertaking Company: Robert D. Mackel and Sons Funeral Home

One-story hipped-roof brick commercial building with brick cornice and altered facade. Mid-19th century. (Mary Warren Miller, 1979, Natchez-on-top-of-the-hill historic district National Register of Historic Places nomination form) That is the extent of the “official” information about this building (featuring my favorite … Continue reading

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Former US Post Office, Natchez

Yesterday’s post provided the history of the pre-post office occupant of the site on the corner of Wall and Main, Natchez.  William Johnson, a free man of color, owned and operated a barbershop at this location.  As indicated, in 1854, … Continue reading

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Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture: Former US Post Office

Mississippi Department of Archives & History/Historic Resources Inventory lists the former US Post Office on Main Street as 1905, remodeled 1935.  The buff-colored brick building has a pyramidal tile roof, and the remodel was the addition to the right in … Continue reading

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Taking the Trace to Natchez

This week was National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter, Annual Program Meeting in Natchez.  I left Monday after lunch and had planned to drive down on the Trace from Ridgeland just before Jackson.  The Trace is a 50 mph … Continue reading

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Red Shutters

Something I don’t necessarily do very often is to visit the back of a building.  In this case, I was walking through the alley when the view of the red shutters on the back windows caught my eye.  It seemed … Continue reading

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Institute Hall, Memorial Hall, and now, United States Courthouse

The former Institute Hall in Natchez is called a “rare example of 19th century Greek Revival auditorium” by the General Services Adminstration, who had a hand in the restoration of this building for use as a US Courthouse.  The brick … Continue reading

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Adams County Courthouse in Natchez

The Adams county courthouse in Natchez is the oldest courthouse in the state in continuous use.  It was built in 1821, and is one of five Antebellum courthouses in Mississippi.  Thanks to Thomas Rosell for correcting my error on the … Continue reading

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