Louis J. Winston - St. Catherine Entrepreneur
The photograph of the 1946 Brumfield High School Choral. Club, taken in the front yard of Brumfield, provides the best image of the Louis Winston House on the left. The house unfortunately burned in the 1990s. The house on the right, which still stands, was built for William Minor Davis and was the long-time home of Henry and Ida Page Dumas.
The envelope above has an 1891 postmark and identifies Louis J. Winston as the “Chief Manager” of the Mississippi Co-Operative and Benefit Association, the same title in the advertisement at right. The house depicted on the envelope was possibly a prototype design adapted for Winston's house pictured above.
The Louis Winston House can be seen on the left in this view of St. Catherine Street. The hill on which it stood is still known as Winston Hill and the alley atop the hill as Winston Hill Alley.
We waive all interest in the crop of Thorton Singleton to be grown on Selma Plantation in Adams County Miss. for the year 1887 in the favor of Louis J. Winston to secure the payment of $62.50 to said Winston for supplies furnished by Winston to Thorton Singleton to enable him to make
Louis J. Winston, son of a prominent white planter and an enslaved mother, was born in 1844. After the Civil War, Winston served as a policeman, sheriff, tax assessor, and long-time clerk of court. He was also a practicing attorney and planter.
Winston founded the Colored Building and Loan Association, which financed the sales of new houses to African Americans. He was also the manager of the Mississippi Cooperative and Benefit Association. The Woodmen of the Union honored Winston as their founder by commissioning the bronze bust on his tombstone. Winston died in 1918.
Louis Winston participated in the financing of new homes in the Woodlawn neighborhood, advertised for development in The Daily Democrat in 1882.
Louis Winston's tombstone is the only tombstone in the Natchez City Cemetery surmounted by a bronze bust. The bust was sculpted and signed in 1921 by Isaac Scott Hathaway (1872-1967), an African American sculptor born in Lexington, Kentucky.
Hathaway was the first African American to design a United States coin, a fifty-cent piece dated 1946 with the face of Booker T. Washington. His second coin was minted in 1951 in honor of George Washington Carver.
Hathaway is quoted as saying, “I am going to model busts of Negroes and put them where people can see them.” Each year hundreds of visitors
Erected by City of Natchez.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi - Natchez Trails series list.
Location. 31° 33.455′ N, 91° 23.533′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of St. Catherine Street and 6th Street, on the left when traveling west on St. Catherine Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Davis-Miller-Dumas House - 69 St. Catherine Street (here, next to this marker); John R. Lynch - St. Catherine Street Land Speculator (a few steps from this marker); African American Public Education (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barlands - A Study in Black and White (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Catherine Street - John Nosser and Nosser City (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Catherine Street and Fourth Street (about 600 feet away); Natchez Civil Rights Movement - 1965 - Pivotal Year (approx. 0.2 miles away); 156-166 St. Catherine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 703 times since then and 131 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 5, 2018.