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Black History Month Program 2007

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Date: February 7, 2007
Contact: Dave Carney, 800-305-7417

In recognition of Black History Month, the Natchez Trace Parkway will present a program by guest speaker Angela Lurz Atkinson. Angela is a site facilitator at Melrose, part of the Natchez National Historical Park, in Natchez, Mississippi. She has worked at Gettysburg National MilitaryPark, Independence National Historical Park, and Vicksburg National Military Park. Angela has a B.A. in History and she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of LA-Monroe. She will be speaking at the Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo, Mississippi (located at milepost 266) on February 23 and 24 at 11:00 a.m. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served after the program.


Angela’s program will focus on William Johnson and will examine his life as a free black barber and diarist living in Natchez during the antebellum period, but it will also play off the theme "Africans in the Americas" as she will discuss some of the African American history in Natchez.


Did You Know?

Double arch bridge at mile post 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway

The double arch bridge at milepost 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was completed in 1994 and received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995 for its innovative design. The bridge rises 155 feet above the valley and eliminates the need for spandrel columns.