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Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Forks of the Road

 
 
Forks of the Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 7, 2010
1. Forks of the Road Marker
Inscription. Site of the South's second largest slave market in the 19th century. Enslaved people were also once sold on city streets and at the landing at Natchez Under the Hill. Natchez slaves were freed in July, 1863, when Union troops occupied the city. The Forks of the Road market then became a refuge for hundreds of emancipated people.
 
Erected 1998 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
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. Touch for map. A mile east of downtown Natchez, this is the ancient, three road intersection known as the "Forks of the Road.". 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. 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
Forks of the Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 7, 2010
2. Forks of the Road Marker
Note the Forks of the Road Historical Site in background - in the park off Liberty St.
(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
Forks of the Road Historical Site image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 7, 2010
3. Forks of the Road Historical Site
"National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom"
"Historic Natchez on the Mississippi"
. 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.
 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USLandmarksWar, US Civil
 
<i>Natchez Trace's Forks-of-the-Road Hub Millenium Trail - 2000</i> image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 7, 2010
4. Natchez Trace's Forks-of-the-Road Hub Millenium Trail - 2000
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 5,271 times since then and 71 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.
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