Stories of enslaved people topic of NHS meeting

Published 9:07 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020

Interested in learning more about the enslaved persons who contributed greatly to making the old Natchez District one of the wealthiest areas in colonial and young America?

If yes, please plan to attend the next meeting of the Natchez Historical Society on Tuesday,  Feb. 25, at the Historic Natchez Foundation (108 S. Commerce St.).

A social gathering will be held at 6:30 p.m. and the monthly NHS program begins at 7 p.m.

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This month will feature two well-known preservationist  in the Miss-Lou, Deborah Cosey of Concord Quarters and Lynette Tanner of Frogmore Plantation.

Tanner and Cosey will share stories of persons who labored under slavery to produce the cotton wealth of the region.

Those attending the NHS program will also learn about the history  of Concord Quarters and Frogmore Plantation. All meetings of the Natchez Historical Society are open to the public.

The owners of these two historically significant properties are quite accomplished in their own right.   

Tanner served as president of the Louisiana Attractions Association and on the board of directors of the Louisiana Travel and Promotion Association.   

Cosey has experience in hospitality management and tourism and both are passionate about preserving the history, architecture and the legacy of this area.

The preservation and restoration of Frogmore Plantation and Concord Quarters are to be applauded.

The Natchez Historical Society is honored to have them speak and share their knowledge of the invaluable contributions of enslaved persons at the monthly NHS meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The NHS was founded in 1954 to collect and preserve items of historical importance in Natchez and Adams County.   

It has expanded its mission to collaborating with local organizations that share common goals of preservation, education, awareness and appreciation of the historical legacy of the area, thus showcasing the collective historical inheritance of residents at home and elsewhere.   

In short, the mission of the NHS is to proclaim and celebrate the grand history, culture and traditions of Natchez. For more information on the NHS,  please visit:

Mike Gimmell is chair for the NHS publicity committee.