The City of Natchez proudly announces the inauguration of the first annual “Heroes of Black History” event, which aims to highlight the significant contributions of individuals from the past and the achievements of present-day citizens influenced by their legacy.
This event is designed to become a staple of February Black History Month commemorations. Each year, the “Heroes of Black History” event will feature one of four fields of accomplishment: “Arts, Athletics, and Entertainment,” “Church and Community Service,” and “Education and Cultural Heritage,” with this first presentation centering on “Leadership and Politics.” The documentation of those honored will be given to NAPAC for the permanent collection.
“Our mission is to shed light on remarkable Natchezians and the influence their collective journeys made and make on the future of our community and nation.” Mayor Dan M. Gibson states, “Among the illustrious figures celebrated this year are early activists Hiram R. Revels and John R. Lynch, whose legacies resonate through the pages of history. The ceremony will also pay homage to Civil Rights trailblazers and the activism of the secret Black Dot Club, whose pivotal role in supporting the Freedom Riders’ efforts continues to inspire us today.”
Included in the original Black Dot members is Radford Battiste, the only living member, and the late Jonathan W. Grennell, Jr. Also recognized will be Grennell, Jr.’s nephew, Senator Robert L. Johnson, III, and son, former Natchez Mayor, Darryl W. Grennell — both of whom exemplify the continuity of commitment and service that has always defined our community.
The inaugural “Heroes of Black History” will occur on February 22 from 6 to 8 PM at The Natchez Museum of African-American History and Culture (NAPAC) in Natchez, Mississippi, at 301 Main Street. We invite all community members to join us in commemorating these important stories of our shared history. The City of Natchez is honored to play a role in connecting past accomplishments to those of our current times to help ensure these vital narratives remain alive for generations to come.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information on this event, contact:
Dr. Neifa Hardy, Director of Community Relations
Historic City of Natchez