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Historic Natchez Conference

April 17-20

Natchez Eola Hotel



Civil War to Civil Rights



The theme of the 2013  Historic Natchez Conference will commemorate the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the Civil War.  The keynote speaker will be noted Civil War historian William C. Davis, whose lecture title is "America, the Civil War, and Natchez at 150."  A professor at Virginia Tech, Davis has authored or edited over fifty books on the history of the Civil War and the American South and twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  The nominees were Breckinridge:  Statesman, Soldier, Symbol and Bull Run


The conference will offer a full program of free lectures focusing on the history of the Natchez region.  Topics relating to antebellum culture set the stage for the conference's  focus on the Civil War, extending through Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era and culminating with the Civil Rights Movement.  The conference also includes a special archaeological session on Saturday.   


 The Historic Natchez Conference fosters the study, preservation, and appreciation of the history of the Natchez region by providing a forum for established scholars, graduate students, archivists and the general public to share research, resources and ideas.   The Conference continues its tradition of highlighting the role of archival collections in researching and interpreting the history of the American South. 


Conference co-sponsors are California State University, Northridge; Dolph Brisce Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; Historic Natchez Foundation; Louisiana State  University, Special Collections; Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Natchez National Historical Park; and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 





Wednesday, April 17


3:00 p.m.  Registration, Natchez Eola Hotel


6:00 p.m.  Two Museums...One Mississippi

 The Two New Museums of Mississippi History and Civil Rights


H. T. Holmes, Director, Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Jacquelyn Dace,  Civil Rights Museum

Cindy Gardner, Museum of Mississippi History

Mississippi Department of Archives and History


Thursday, April 18


10:00 a.m.  Registration, Natchez Eola Hotel


1:00 p.m.  Welcome,  Historic Natchez Foundation


1:30 p.m.  Session 1

Moderator:  Ralph Vicero, Dean Emeritus, California State University, Northridge


Builders of the New South:  Merchants, Capital, and the

Remaking of Natchez, 1865-1914

Aaron Anderson, Alcorn State University


The Continuity of War:  Rethinking Violence in the

Civil  War Era

Justin Behrend, State University of New York, Geneseo


3:30 p.m.  Session 2

Moderator:  Tara Zachary Laver, Louisiana State University Special Collections


The Goat Castle Murder, Jim Crow Justice, and the Saga

of Emily Burns

Karen Cox, University of North Carolina, Charlotte


The Library of Rosedown Plantation:  A Case Study in

Researching Nineteenth-Century Private Libraries

Michael Taylor, Louisiana State University, Special Collections


6:00 p.m.  Keynote Address, Temple B’Nai Israel, 213 South Commerce Street


America, the Civil War, and Natchez at 150

William C. Davis, Virginia Tech


7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception:  Historic Natchez Foundation, 108 South Commerce Street (no charge)

Exhibit:  St. Catherine Street, Cross-Cultural Gateway to the City


Friday, April 19


9:00 a.m.  Session 3

Moderator:  Stephanie Malmros, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin 


Slaves, Dons, and American Planters:  Issues of Slavery and

Empire in Colonial Natchez, 1779-1808

Christian Pinnen, Mississippi College


The Boyce Decision and the Responsibility of Common

Carriers Toward Slave Cargoes (1829)

Kristen Vogel, Texas A & M University


11:00 a.m. Session 4

Moderator:  Jim Wiggins, Copiah-Lincoln Community College


The 1965 Natchez Boycott and Its Impact on the Mississippi

Freedom Movement

Akinyele Umoja, Georgia State University


Nothing Less Than an Activist:  Marge Baroni, Catholicism,

and the Natchez, Mississippi, Civil Rights Movement

Eva Walton, Alabama Poverty Project, Birmingham, Alabama


2:00 p.m.  Session 5

Moderator:  Kathleen Jenkins, Natchez National Historical Park 


“One of the prettiest places on earth”:  Yankees in Natchez,


Jefferson Mansell, Natchez National Historical Park


Black Men in Navy Blue:  African American Sailors in the U. S. Navy’s Mississippi Squadron during the Civil War

Joseph P. Reidy, Howard University


4:00 p.m. Session 6

 Moderators:  Don Carleton and Alison Beck, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History


When I Rise, Documentary Screening and Discussion

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas


6:00 p.m.  Booze and Barbecue at Bontura, 107 South Broadway

   Street ($30 ticketed event)


Saturday, April 20


9:00 a.m.  Session 7   Student Session

Moderator:  Julia Marks Young, Mississippi Department of Archives and History


Karissa Bassse, Chyna Bowen, Nicholas Rowland,  University of

Texas at Austin; Adrian Brettle, University of Virginia,  Kashia Arnold, California State University, Northridge


11:00 a.m.  Session 8

Moderator:  Jim Barnett, Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

Mississippi Department of Archives and History


On the Banks of Second Creek:  The Prehistory and History of Mazique

Daniel LaDu, University of Alabama


The Mississippi Mound Trail

John W. O’Hear, O’Hear Consulting

Vincas P. Steponaitis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Natchez Archaeology in the 1840s:  Montroville Dickeson and

the Egan Panorama

Vincas P. Steponaitis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


2:00 p.m.  Session 9  Student Session

Moderator:  Joyce Broussard, California State University, Northridge


Cheryl Wilkinson,  Terra A. Palewicz, Elizabeth A. Sadler,

California State University, Northridge


6:00 p.m.  Cocktails and Dinner at Longwood, 140 Lower Woodville Road

($30 ticketed event)



A link to the registration form is at the top of the panel on the right.




All lectures are free and open to the public.




California State University Northridge


Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
University of Texas at Austin


Historic Natchez Foundation

Louisiana State University

Libraries, Special Collections


Mississippi Department of
Archives and History


Natchez National Historical Park


 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


For more information,  contact
Historic Natchez Foundation

601.442.2500 or 800.445.2510