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Wednesday, June 19th, 7:30 p.m.

In commemoration of the Juneteenth holiday, Natchez National Historical Park will present a luminary on the front lawn at the Melrose estate at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19th, at #1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway, Natchez. This grand illumination will be held in remembrance of the nearly 700 enslaved people who involuntarily labored at Melrose and on the associated cotton plantations of John and Mary Louisa McMurran.

The Melrose front gate will close at 5:00 p.m. that day and reopen at 7:30 p.m.  Visitors are asked to park in the main parking lot and walk to the lower portion of the front lawn where an area will be set aside specifically for solemn reflection. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and flashlights, as it will be dark. The observation will conclude at 9:30, and the gates will close at 10:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/natc

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