Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2018

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B M & T ••• March/April 2018 ••• 37 AREA GUIDES M I S S I S S I P P I CULTURE ABOUNDS IN THE MAGNOLIA STATE Consider this your personal invitation to plan a Mississippi meeting. A unique combination of attributes set this great state apart: From its year-round mild climate, to delicious culi- nary fare, to amazing music and entertainment venues, to fan- tastic golfing on highly-rated courses, to a wealth of options for outdoor adventure, to rich heritage and culture. Put them all together, and the Magnolia State offers an unparalleled experience for your meeting, conference or convention. Convention services are available in all Mississippi conven- tion cities, with the added bonus of a Convention and Visitors Bureau that enthusiastically offers a variety of free planning services to assist you. • • • NATCHEZ • • • Natchez – the jewel of the Mississippi – is one of the oldest cities on the Mississippi River, two years older than New Orleans! With unique assets and a rich 300-year history, Natchez has much to offer visitors, whether leisure or busi- ness travelers through the stories of its many historic sites, fascinating people, and legendary Southern hospitality. From Native American mounds, to an extraordinary collec- tion of historic sites, to the NAPAC Museum with exhibits cov- ering the entire range of the African-American story in Natchez, to National Park Service sites recognizing the impor- tance of telling the whole Natchez story, this city has lots to explore. The William Johnson House, owned by a free-man of color with a remarkable collection of his diaries of the time, Melrose with not only the classic antebellum main house, but also the slave quarters fully restored, the Forks of the Road site, the second largest slave market in the South during the Civil War, and the beautiful Natchez Trace are just a few of the Park Service sites. With The Natchez Convention Center and the Grand Hotel right at the river, and other options in the downtown for smaller meetings, Natchez not only provides multiple opportunities for conventions and meetings, but at the same time, provides Natchez African American Museum a n d h i s t o r y . A m e r i c a n h e r i t a g e o f A f r i c a n o f f e r i n g s x p l o r e t h e r i c h d i v e r s e E x p l o r e t h e r i c h d i v e r s e E lynsey@visitnatchez.or Lynsey Smith - 1.800.647.6724 TO SCHEDULE YOUR CONFERENC rg CE Photo Credit: Natchez C.C.

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