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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
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 Maple Street, on the right when traveling north. 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 Natchez City Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Address by President Lincoln (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); Intersection of High and North Wall Streets (approx. ¾ mile away); Wharlest Jackson, Sr. (approx. ¾ mile away); Intersection of High and North Pearl streets (approx. ¾ mile 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.
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.