Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Intersection of Main and South Union Streets
An 1890 view of Memorial Park shows the Confederate soldier monument draped for unveiling. Like many others across the south, it faces north towards the opposing army.The park's creation was part of the Lost Cause Movement that expressed the desire of white Southerners to honor their participation in the Civil War. Like many public spaces, use of Memorial Park was long restricted to whites. Today it is open to everyone and honors veterans of all wars.
In 1842, construction began on St. Mary Minor Basilica, the first cathedral for the Roman Catholic diocese in Mississippi. The Church mainly served the area's Irish and Italian immigrant population.Debt and lawsuits from contractors slowed work on the church building while parishioners kept the windows of the sanctuary boarded up and held services in the basement. The parish completed the cathedral in 1859. The rectory beside the church dates to 1846.
St. Mary parish built the Cathedral School for Boys (behind you - no longer standing) in 1866. Beginning in the 1840s, the church established local schools and orphanages for white boys and girls. They began a school for black children in the basement of the cathedral after the Civil War. In the late 1800s, the Josephite Order of Baltimore created Holy Family Catholic Church and
Mississippi Freemasonry began in Natchez in 1801. In 1827, the Masons laid the cornerstone for the Masonic Temple (pictured above), which they demolished in 1890 to build the Temple Opera House, an even larger temple with an upper-story opera hall. In 1908, a gas explosion destroyed the building, killed several people, and started fires that burned many buildings in nearby neighborhoods. Today, a monument in the Natchez Cemetery called the "Turning Angel" remembers the victims of the explosion.
Erected by City of Natchez.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trails marker series.
Location. 31° 33.535′ N, 91° 24.094′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of South Union Street and Main Street, on the left when traveling north on South Union Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary's Cathedral (within shouting distance of this marker); Immaculate Conception Shrine c. 1846 (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Cokesbury Chapel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bud Scott (about 600 feet away); United States Courthouse (about 700 feet away); In Gratitude (about 700 feet away); The First Presbyterian Church (about 700 feet away); Intersection of Jefferson and North Union streets (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2017.