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Angels on the Bluff Tour  

Nov/12/2010 - Nov/13/2010
Location: Natchez City Cemetery

The 11th Annual Angels on the Bluff Tour is scheduled for November 12th & 13th.

The Natchez City Cemetery Association invites you to join us for our 11th anniversary tour. This annual fundraiser brings many of our interesting residents to life with small vignettes during the evening we call ANGELS ON THE BLUFF. You really should not miss this year’s line up.

Your evening starts at the Natchez Visitors Center where you will board a bus at your reserved time. Our dedicated and highly informed guides will ride with you and your group to the cemetery. At the cemetery you will be led through candlelit avenues by specially trained cemetery guides. Besides our character’s presentations you will learn other interesting facts along the way of this year’s route. Due to the generous donations toward our cistern house project you will walk through a newly renovated cistern house and learn of its purpose to the early cemetery visitors.

Tickets go on sale August 1, 2010 at the Natchez Visitor’s Center. Traditionally, we are sold out. Make plans to get your ticket early. You can call 601-446-6345 for ticket information or go to for more information.

And now it is my pleasure to introduce this year’s entertainment.

The Empty Tomb -- Alfred Bernard White was a popular baseball player for the Catholic High School in 1923. His untimely and tragic death is told by his father, Clay White, of the White’s Café on Main Street. Sam Jones, a veteran Cemetery actor, will hold you spellbound.

Madame Marguerite Justine Marchand Benoist Mezeix “The Milliner of Natchez” -- You have already seen her beautiful hats in the Henry Norman photographs but did you know this French lady and her husband were charged with secretly delivering letters addressed to the Confederate authorities during the occupation of Natchez in 1863? A local family descendant will tell the family’s secrets!

Ashley Vaughan -- Reverend Vaughan came to the Natchez Area in 1835 and edited the 1st Baptist newspaper. By 1836 he was the president of the Convention of the Baptist Denomination of the State of Mississippi. He went on to be Pastor of First Baptist Church in Natchez. Dr. Doug Broome of First Baptist Church, Natchez, will portray this dynamic church leader.

Professor Samuel Henry Clay Owen -- This prominent African American was president of Natchez College for many years. The historic institution was supported originally by African American Baptists of Mississippi and gained a fine reputation under Professor Owen’s direction. Ralph Jennings returns to the cemetery to deliver another dramatic performance.

The Flemings of the Towers -- Let Ginger Hyland and James Wesley Forde of the antebellum home, The Towers, tell the many fascinating stories of the family that lived there for generations. These veteran Little Theatre actors will charm and delight you.

Mr. Charles Ferriday Byrnes -- This local attorney of the early 1900’s was one of the most colorful characters in Natchez history. He and his wife, Roane Fleming Byrnes, resided in the beautiful home Ravennaside and lavishly entertained Natchez society. Some of his stories will be told by his great, great nephew, Rusty Jenkins, who is one of our most beloved cemetery raconteurs.

Marian Montgomery -- Born Maud Runnells in Natchez, Marian Montgomery was an accomplished jazz singer with an intimate, beguiling voice that carried traces of her roots in the American South. Many compared her voice to “having a long cool glass of mint julep on a Savannah balcony”. Let Terry Trovato, Diana Glaze and band entertain you with this interesting life connected to our cemetery

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