From the Forks In The Road to the First Black US Senators to Modern Day: explore, learn, and celebrate Natchez’ American American rich history…
• Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture: Starting Feb. 6, 20201 through Feb. 28, NAPAC teams up with the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi to bring online virtual tours of the historic sites of Natchez’ African-American history. Other Black History events for February include a Black History Treasure Hunt, reading sessions of children’s books by Black authors, an exploration of Black Love in R&B music, a project collecting the history and stories of the elders in the Black community, and a virtual tour of NAPAC. Register for online events here: nuxiques.com/events.
All Year Round Tours:
Do keep in mind open time may be affected by Covid-19. Double-check their websites and social media, mask up and stay safe.
• Forks In The Road: The site of what was once the largest slave market in the state, where many Africans were sold into bondage. Learn more on their website, http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms.us/articles/47/the-forks-of-the-road-slave-market-at-natchez or https://www.visitnatchez.org/business/forks-of-the-road
• Rhythm Night Club Memorial Museum: Once a vibrant hot spot of Natchez night life, this Black Club was burned in April 1940 around midnight, while patrons were enjoying themselves and listening to the famous Walter Barnes Orchestra. With only a single entrance/exit, many inside were trapped and 209 people lost their lives. Now a museum to honor those who perished and those who survived. https://www.rnconsitemm.org/
• Proud To Take A Stand Monument: In October 1965, black citizens of Natchez protested for their Civil Rights. Many were arrested and sent to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, where they suffered humiliation and abuse. These survivors of the “Parchman Ordeal,” and the black citizens who took a stand that night are honored here on Natchez’ first Civil Rights Monument: https://www.visitnatchez.org/business/proud-to-take-a-stand-monument
• Concord Quarters: These 1820s slave quarters are all that is left of the Concord Plantation. Now restored and operated by Gregory and Deborah Cosey as the first Black-owned, Historic B&B in Natchez! Events that have been held here besides home tours during pilgrimage include movie nights, Jazz Concerts on the back lawn, and an African-American focused fashion show. See their social media to discover future events: https://www.facebook.com/concordquarters