Download Full Text (270 KB)
This postcard features a color illustration of the Natchez Institute in Natchez, Mississippi. The building is depicted as a three story red brick with arched columns at the entrance and a bell tower in the middle. The Natchez Institute, said to be the first school in Mississippi to offer a full course of free instruction (i.e. public education), opened in 1845, through the generosity of Alvarez Fisk (A.P. Merrill, “Addresses Delivered at the Dedication of the Natchez Institute,” July 4, 1845, Natchez-Adams County Public School Archives, Natchez). Attendance averaged 610 students from 1845 to 1852 (McLemore, p. 370), and the school operated within the Natchez city school system until 1927. The title of the card is printed in the top left edge of the image.
Curteich Co., Chicago
Postcards; School Buildings
schools; Natchez, MS
Mississippi State University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, Manuscripts Unit, Lucius Marion Lampton, MD Historical Images Collection, Mississippiana Collection, Postcard/Photographs, Box 3, Southwest Mississippi Region
Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version)
For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.MSState.edu.
Natchez Institute, Natchez, Mississippi, Lucius Marion Lampton, MD Historical Images Collection, Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University