Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Forks of the Road
Erected 1998 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list.
Location. 31° 33.363′ N, 91° 23.089′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Liberty Road and St Catherine Street and Devereaux Drive (Business U.S. 61), on the left when traveling north on Liberty Road. A mile east of downtown Natchez, this is the ancient, three road intersection known as the "Forks of the Road.". Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At History of St. Catherine Street (within shouting distance of this marker); America's Domestic "Slave" Trading Routes To The Deep South (within shouting distance of this marker); Forks of the Road Historical Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Music on St. Catherine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smart-Griffin-Angelety House - 180 St. Catherine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wheaton-McGuire House - 125 St. Catherine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Papa Lightfoot & The Natchez Blues (approx. ¼ mile away); 156-166 St. Catherine Street (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Natchez National Historical Park "The Barber of Natchez". The life of William Johnson, the free mulatto diarist whose antebellum Natchez home is preserved by the National Park Service. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Natchez National Cemetery. Interment site for hundreds of Afro-American Civil War veterans (USCTs and sailors) including Medal of Honor recipient and Natchez native, Landsman Wilson H. Brown, U.S. Navy. (Submitted on January 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. New Signpost at Slavery's Crossroads. New York Times article from December 16, 2004. A fresh look at the history of slavery now occupies a site in Natchez, Miss., where slavery once flourished. (Submitted on December 24, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Smithsonian Magazine Retracing Slavery's Trail of Tears. Includes a photo of this marker. (Submitted on November 16, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Additional keywords. United States Colored Troops; Cotton culture; Slavery; Forks of the Road Historical Site; human trafficking.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 5,402 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on October 31, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.