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Davis-Miller-Dumas House - 69 St. Catherine Street

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July 8, 2017
1. Davis-Miller-Dumas House - 69 St. Catherine Street Marker
Inscription.
Henry Dumas poses on the front steps of 69 St. Catherine Street. Henry managed the Dumas Pharmacy at 707-09 Franklin Street, a building that also housed the medical practice and sanitarium of his brother Dr. Albert W. Dumas, Sr. In 1940 Dr. Dumas served as the president of the National Medical Association, the national organization of African American doctors.

In 1886 O'Brien and Company surveyed their St. Catherine Street brickyard into building lots. The following year former black Congressman John R. Lynch speculatively bought three of the lots, one of which became the site of the long-time home of the Henry Dumas family.

Lynch sold Lot 3 to Minor Davis and wife Mary, who built the house at 69 St. Catherine Street (above) about 1889 and sold it in 1895 to William and Sadie Miller.

In 1907 the house became home to Henry and Ida Dumas, whose family owned the house throughout the twentieth century.

Ida Page Dumas was the sister of Margaret Page McGuire of 129 St. Catherine Street. The McGuire and Dumas families enjoyed life in the same neighborhood with their intertwined families.

After the deaths of Henry and Ida Dumas, the house became home to their son Henry Page Dumas and wife Neva who were childless. Dumas family ownership ceased at their deaths.

An elderly Ida Page Dumas stands on the front gallery with housekeeper

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July 8, 2017
2. Davis-Miller-Dumas House - 69 St. Catherine Street Marker
Celie Screws, who grew up at Melrose, the antebellum mansion now owned by the National Park Service. Celie Screws's mother Alice Sims was born into slavery and worked at Melrose where she lived most of her adult life. Her husband George Screws worked at Melrose and Elms Court.

Henry and Ida Dumas are young in the photograph above. The marriage produced two children, Henry Page and Althea.

Henry Page Dumas sits beside his older sister Althea, who survived but was badly burned in the 1940 Rhythm Night Club fire.
 
Erected by City of Natchez.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trails marker series.
 
Location. 31° 33.456′ N, 91° 23.535′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is on St. Catherine Street near 6th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 69 St. Catherine Street, Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louis J. Winston - St. Catherine Entrepreneur (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

Davis-Miller-Dumas House - 69 St. Catherine Street Marker image. Click for full size.
July 8, 2017
3. Davis-Miller-Dumas House - 69 St. Catherine Street Marker
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.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 30, 2018.
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