Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Intersection of Jeﬀerson and North Rankin streets
Zion Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church was built in 1858 as the Second Presbyterian Church, a mission of First Presbyterian Church. Zion Chapel acquired the building in 1866, when Hiram R. Revels served as pastor. The election of Revels in 1870 to the United States Senate marked the first time that an African American served in either house of the U.S. Congress.
Hiram Revels was born free in North Carolina in 1827. As a young man, he worked as a barber before studying to become a minister at seminaries in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. During the Civil War, he recruited black Union regiments in Maryland and Missouri. After his arrival at Zion Chapel A.M.E. Church, he was elected to the City Council, and then to the Mississippi State Senate. After serving in the U.S. Senate 1870-1871, he became the first President of Alcorn Agricultural & Mechanical College (now Alcorn State University).
Richard King built King's Tavern about 1797 and received his first tavern license in 1799. Boatmen who floated down the Mississippi River to sell their flatboats of enslaved persons and produce frequently stopped in at the tavern on their return from New Orleans. They then headed north by foot on the Natchez Trace. Pony Express riders, who carried mail on the Natchez Trace,
In 1848, the parish at St. Mary Cathedral started the St. Mary's Orphan Asylum for girls (no longer standing). In 1860, the church also started D'Evereux Hall, an orphanage for boys on the outskirts of downtown. In 1966, the Church closed both orphanages and demolished the buildings. The Church sold the girls' orphanage property to Zion Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church for use as a parking lot.
In the foreground of this photograph is the G. L. C. Davis House. Superintendent of the National Telegraph line, Davis sold his home in 1858 when he resigned his position and moved to New Orleans. The for-sale advertisement described it as “the eligibly situated and new built brick house [with] a fine garden and orchard of fruit trees attached.”
Erected by City of Natchez, Mississippi.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trails marker series.
Location. 31° 33.606′ N, 91° 23.94′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of North Rankin Street and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling south on North Rankin Street. Touch for map. Marker is located along the sidewalk,
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. King's Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Intersection of High and North Rankin streets (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Zion Chapel A.M.E. Church (about 300 feet away); 300 Block of Martin Luther King Street (about 400 feet away); Jefferson Street Methodist Church (about 400 feet away); Intersection of Jefferson and North Union streets (about 400 feet away); Zion Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); Churches in the St. Catherine Street Neighborhood (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
More about this marker. Marker is a large, rectangular composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high metal posts.
Also see . . . Hiram Rhodes Revels. Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress. With his moderate political orientation and oratorical skills honed from years as a preacher, Revels filled a vacant seat in the United States Senate in 1870. Just before the Senate agreed (Submitted on December 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.