Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Bluﬀ Park - Memorials and Louisiana Connections
The Rhythm Club monument in the Bluff Park is a memorial to 209 African Americans who died in one of America’s deadliest nightclub fires. A historic marker designates the site of the Rhythm Club on St. Catherine Street near the intersection with Martin Luther King Street. On April 23, 1940, a large crowd came to hear the popular Chicago jazz group, Walter Barnes and His Royal Creolians. The club blocked exit doors to keep out gatecrashers and decorated the interior with Spanish moss, sprayed with a flammable insect spray. The monument sits in the area of the bluff park that was more commonly used by African Americans.
Concordia Parish and the City of Vidalia, Louisiana, on the west bank of the river, are named for the 1798 Post of Concord and its Spanish commandant, Don Jose Vidal. Vidalia was incorporated in 1811. The 1927 flood of the Mississippi River devastated
In 1940, a bridge opened to traffic between Natchez and Vidalia, and the ferry that connected the cities ceased to operate. The bridge was initially a toll bridge, and the white columns that now frame the Canal Street entrance to the Natchez Visitor Center originally encircled the toll booth. In 1990, a south span, echoing the design of the first, opened to handle the increasing traffic between Mississippi and Louisiana.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trails marker series.
Location. 31° 33.701′ N, 91° 24.423′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from S. Broadway Street south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in Bluff Park along the pathway on the bluff line southwest of the bandstand. 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. Richard N. Wright (a few steps from this marker); Natchez (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish Colonial Natchez (within shouting distance of this marker); Bluff Park - Playground for the City (within shouting distance of this marker); The Natchez Trace (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bluff Park and South Broadway Street (about 400 feet away); Ealey Brothers (about 500 feet away); Intersection of South Broadway and Washington streets (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
Also see . . .
1. Richard Wright - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 14, 2015.)
2. Rhythm Club Fire - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 14, 2015.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Disasters • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
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