Intersection of Main and South Union Streets

Intersection of Main and South Union Streets (HM1Z0S)

Location: Natchez, MS 39120 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 33.535', W 91° 24.094'

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An 1890 view of Memorial Park shows the Confederate soldier monument draped for unveiling. Like many others across the south, it faces north towards the opposing army.The park's creation was part of the Lost Cause Movement that expressed the desire of white Southerners to honor their participation in the Civil War. Like many public spaces, use of Memorial Park was long restricted to whites. Today it is open to everyone and honors veterans of all wars. In 1842, construction began on St. Mary Minor Basilica, the first cathedral for the Roman Catholic diocese in Mississippi. The Church mainly served the area's Irish and Italian immigrant population.Debt and lawsuits from contractors slowed work on the church building while parishioners kept the windows of the sanctuary boarded up and held services in the basement. The parish completed the cathedral in 1859. The rectory beside the church dates to 1846. St. Mary parish built the Cathedral School for Boys (behind you - no longer standing) in 1866. Beginning in the 1840s, the church established local schools and orphanages for white boys and girls. They began a school for black children in the basement of the cathedral after the Civil War. In the late 1800s, the Josephite Order of Baltimore created Holy Family Catholic Church and
School, a separate parish to minister to the African American community. Mississippi Freemasonry began in Natchez in 1801. In 1827, the Masons laid the cornerstone for the Masonic Temple (pictured above), which they demolished in 1890 to build the Temple Opera House, an even larger temple with an upper-story opera hall. In 1908, a gas explosion destroyed the building, killed several people, and started fires that burned many buildings in nearby neighborhoods. Today, a monument in the Natchez Cemetery called the "Turning Angel" remembers the victims of the explosion.
HM NumberHM1Z0S
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Placed ByCity of Natchez
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Date Added Monday, June 19th, 2017 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 651707 N 3492654
Decimal Degrees31.55891667, -91.40156667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 33.535', W 91° 24.094'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 33' 32.1" N, 91° 24' 5.64" W
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Area Code(s)601, 769
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 522 Main St, Natchez MS 39120, US
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