Natchez is working on teaching visitors about slavery and other Black history in the Mississippi city. It is working to create a Forks to Freedom Corridor that starts from the site of Mississippi’s largest slave-trading market, which the city donated to the National Park Service in 2021, and the Historic Natchez Foundation has been installing permanent slavery exhibits in historic homes that offer daily tours, in response to requests from operators. “We recognize we have a difficult past, as so many cities in the South do,” said Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson. “But we also recognize that we’re making tremendous progress.” One of the former slave quarters, which sits on an estate that housed 124 enslaved people in 1844, is now a bed-and-breakfast called Concord Quarters, owned and run by Debbie Cosey, now 66, and her husband, Gregory, now 72, who are both descended from enslaved people.

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