Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture in Historic Downtown
Natchez is the best place to spend a hot afternoon. The museum chronicles the
history and culture of African Americans in the southern United States and
specifically Natchez. The museum was first opened in 1991 by the Natchez
Association for the Preservation of African American Culture, also known as
NAPAC, an organization dedicated to exploring the societal contributions made
by people of African origin and descent. The Museum has found a permanent home
on Main Street in a former United States Post Office built around 1904.
museum showcases events starting with the incorporation of the City of Natchez
in 1716 to the present, using art, photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and
rare books. Exhibits cover the era of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction,
20th Century wars, and the Civil rights era. They include Forks of the Road,
which was the second-largest slave market in the southern United States; The
Rhythm Nightclub fire, where over 200 African American Natchez citizens died;
and an exhibit dedicated to the literary works of critically acclaimed author
Richard Wright, a Natchez native. The museum also hosts educational events and
Museum is open Monday – Friday 10-4:30, Saturday 10-3, and Sunday by
appointment only. Stop in today to dive into the deep history of Natchez.
Donations support this museum.