The 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.
The 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 presentations.
The 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.