Natchez National Historical Park Celebrates James Audubon
Natchez, Mississippi


Saturday April 27, 2019
Natchez, Mississippi


On Saturday, April 27, 2019 Natchez National Historical Park will celebrate National Park Week and John James Audubon’s birthday with a special program on the renowned painter and naturalist in the theater of the Natchez Visitor Center from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Judy Wiggins will conduct an innovative educational program on the life and times of James Audubon while Adam Gwin performs a living history portrayal of the famed painter.

Born on April 26, 1785, John James Audubon spent a significant amount of time in Natchez during the early 1820s while working on his Birds of America.

During his stay he taught at the Elizabeth Female College, gathered specimens for his bird portraits, and painted a cityscape of Fort Rosalie and downtown Natchez which hung in the dining room of the Melrose mansion for more than 100 years.

Audubon’s legacy in Natchez is enduring, from his artwork and his stories of his time here in town. His wider legacy is that his work brought worldwide attention to wide variety of birds living along the lower Mississippi River and in the organization that holds his name: The Audubon Society.

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