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Located in downtown Natchez, the William Johnson House site consists of the actual Johnson home and the adjoining McCallum House. William Johnson, a free black barber in Natchez, used bricks from buildings destroyed in the infamous tornado of 1840 to construct the State Street estate and commercial business area. The family lived in the upper stories of the house, while the first floor was rented out to merchants. The William Johnson House, recently renovated by the National Park Service, allows guests to learn more about the life of free African-Amercans in the pre-Civil War South. Guests to the home will also learn about the extensive diary kept by William Johnson from 1835-1851 which detailed everyday life in Natchez.
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