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Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture
Ranked #14 of 49 things to do in Natchez
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Owner description: Museum that chronicles the rich history and culture of African Americans in the southern United States.
Natchez, Mississippi
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209 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 354 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

I have often gone by this museum when visiting Natchez, but opening hours are limited, so this year was my first visit. The museum has some very good exhibits; but in other sections the collection is haphazard. For example, the section on African art had hand-lettered signs and only provided the most basic information. The sections on slavery and post-war were professionally done and dispelled many of the myths of that period. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful as was the Director – I became a member of the Friends of the Museum after my visit.

Visited February 2012
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English first
Jackson MS
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49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Museum of African American History”
Reviewed March 25, 2012

Excellent presentation of the lives of African Americans of the area, both the well known and the not so well known. Many items will bring back memories for people of different races.
Our guide seemed to have an encyclopedic knowledge of and true passion for his subject - and a voice that could give James Earl Jones a run for the money!

Visited March 2012
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Littleton, Colorado
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34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“The afro-Americans of the old south had both good lives and bad lives...”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

The south could not have survived without the afro slaves...and that was proven true after the slaves were set free. The south as they knew it collapsed. Find out why. Learn about a very courageous people here.

Visited September 2011
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New Orleans area
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86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Day visit”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Not very big but very inforative and well worth seeing, be sure and read all the articles

Visited November 2011
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NW Arkansas
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133 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Probably the Best Depiction of Slavery's Reality in the U.S.”
Reviewed March 23, 2010

As a U.S. History teacher, my reaction to this museum was one of new appreciation for the contribution of the enslaved person to the U.S. economy. Anyone interested in the unique, peculiar, and fascinating past of the institution of slavery in America should visit this museum. One of the exhibits is a bit mature (i.e., showcases the primitive, African artifacts belonging to the Afro-American heritage) and may not be suitable for young tourists due to the graphic depiction of baboon skulls, nude human idols, etc. However, it has some very fine photos of rare scenes from slavery times. I wish the museum had more devoted to the prevalence of Christianity in the slave's life. There was no display lending any attention to the massive influence of the church on the black American heritage. The vast majority of the decendants of these enslaved peoples still to this day hold dearly to their Christian heritage passed onto them by their former owners. Religion has evolved in this region from one belonging to the owner to one now enbraced by the descendants of the enslaved peoples....such a wealth of research study for the sociologist!

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