Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Birthplace of Jackson State University
Jackson State University was founded here in 1877 in the former U.S. Marine Hospital. Known as the Natchez Seminary, the school was founded by the American Baptist Home Mission Society and the Mississippi Baptist Convention Association led by H.P. Jacobs. Dr. Charles Ayer was the first president, beginning with twenty students. Inman Page was the first African American faculty member. In 1883 the college relocated to Jackson due to yellow fever in Natchez. The name was changed to Jackson College and in 1974 became Jackson State University.
Erected 2019 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series lists.
Location. 31° 34.368′ N, 91° 23.769′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is on Cemetery Road, 0.2 miles north of Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Cemetery Road, 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. Natchez City Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Natchez Children's Home (approx. half a mile away); Sadie V. Thompson School (approx. half a mile away); Address by President Lincoln (approx. half a mile away); Richard Wright (approx. half a mile away); Natchez National Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Snakes (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
More about this marker. Located close to the entrance of the Historic Natchez Cemetery.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 117 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.