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Anderson to present Grace MacNeil lecture

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Historical Society will present its annual Grace MacNeil Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, featuring Aaron Anderson, who recently released the book, “Builders of a New South: Merchants, Capital and the Remaking of Natchez, 1865-1914.”

Anderson’s illustrated program is titled “Post War Natchez” and will provide an overview of the social and economic conditions that prevailed in Natchez from the Union occupation until the early 20th century.

Anderson is an assistant professor of history at Alcorn State University. He received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from California State University, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009.

In addition to his book, Anderson has published numerous journal articles on a variety of subjects, including planters and merchants in the Natchez area.

The Grace MacNeil Lecture Series honors the late Grace M.S. MacNeil, who died in 2000. She was an award-winning conservationist and preservationist, who is also remembered as a philanthropist and community leader.

In her will, MacNeil gave a bequest to the Natchez Historical Society, which the society used to endow the lecture series that began 10 years ago.

The program will be hosted at the Natchez Convention Center and is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 601-445-9274.