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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.