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US was founded in June 2021 in response to the growing need to preserve and share the culture and history of African-Americans in Southwest Mississippi, with particular interest in Natchez.  works  toward the attainment of these objectives through community development,  educational programs, tourism and the preservation of historic sites and points of interest.  We promote love, collaboration, and understanding of ALL people, with specific emphasis on Black achievement, Black history, and Black empowerment. We rely upon support from individuals, charitable foundations,  government grants  and corporations to fund our cultural programs and community redevelopment projects. 


To show the entire world how fun and brilliant Black people really are


MISSION seeks to elevate and preserve Black culture in Natchez by: 

-Providing opportunities for local citizens and visitors to deepen their knowledge, understanding, and engagement with Black culture in Natchez

-Preserving and activating historic African-American sites and points of interest and helping  curate their stories 

-The continued economic development and redevelopment of predominantly Black areas in Adams County.


Love: Love is our greatest weapon and our greatest resource. 

Collaboration: We take our share of the world and help others take theirs. 

Excellence: We do common things uncommonly well.

Creativity: We always look for another way to do it. 

Awareness: The journey is as important as the destination. Enjoy!

Discovery: Curiosity is our superpower. 

Gratitude: A lot was done before we got here. Say Thanks!


OUR FOUNDER was founded by Joseph A.C.Smith in June 2021.  Joe is a Natchez native with over 20 years of experience in community development, civic engagement, religious and arts programming, and project management. He is a distinguished graduate of Howard University where he earned both a bachelor's and master's degree (with honors). CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JOE

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