Intersection of State and South Wall streets

Intersection of State and South Wall streets (HM25QF)

Location: Natchez, MS 39120 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 33.589', W 91° 24.321'

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The domed Federal-style Adams County Courthouse appears in Audubon's 1822-1823 painted landscape of Natchez. Built in 1817, this courthouse in the oldest in Mississippi. It was remodeled in 1925. Actions at the courthouse impacted all of Natchez life. Its historic records include valuable information on marriages, deaths, property sales, land records, and court proceedings. Before the Civil War, the property auctioned by the sheriff in estate sales on the courthouse steps included enslaves people.This 1866 photograph shows Union soldiers sitting on the steps of the Mercer House after the 1863 occupation of the city during the Civil War. Merchant and planter James C. Wilkins built the house about 1815. He served as a territorial representative (1798-1817) and a delegate at the state constitutional convention in 1817. The house later became the Natchez town home of wealthy cotton planter William Newton Mercer. The Baptist Church built two church buildings on the southeast corner of State and South Wall, neither of which survives. The First Baptist Church, pictured above, replaced the antebellum Wall Street Baptist Church, which started a separate chapel for African Americans in 1854. This chapel evolved into the Rose Hill Baptist Church on Madison Street and is the oldest African American



Baptist congregation in Mississippi.Many of the wealthiest Natchez planters and slave owners also were attorneys with offices near the courthouse, Several of them maintained offices in a line of buildings across from the courthouse known as Lawyers Row which became run-down housing before its demolition in the mid-1900s.
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Placed ByCity of Natchez
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Date Added Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 1:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 651347 N 3492748
Decimal Degrees31.55981667, -91.40535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 33.589', W 91° 24.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 33' 35.34" N, 91° 24' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)601, 769
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 S Wall St, Natchez MS 39120, US
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