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Community Celebrates Minorville with 32nd Jubilee – Mississippi’s Top Community Newspaper

By MAIA BRONFMAN / The Democrat Natchez

NATCHEZ – About 500 gallons of water from the back of the fire truck rained down Minor Street Saturday afternoon during Minorville’s 32nd Jubilee. Neighborhood kids were getting in and out of the shower flailing their arms and legs.

“Water is what we do,” Natchez Fire Chief Robert Arrington said as he stood by the truck, gazing at the joviality.

Further down the street was food, a DJ, and a makeup booth. Laquanda Cooks watched as her daughter, Alana Cooks, had a butterfly on one cheek and a unicorn on the other. It was Sa’Myria Gibson’s first time doing makeup at Jubilee, having done other volunteer work last year.

Natchez Ward 4 Alderwoman Felicia Bridgewater Irving said she and others had been planning Jubilee since March last year.

During the last Jubilee, the group donated school supplies and personal protective equipment, such as face masks. This year, nonprofits like the AJFC Community Action Agency and the National Council for Negro Women have joined in offering information about COVID and voter registration.

The Minorville neighborhood was originally part of the Concord Plantation property, whose owner’s name was Minor.

The day began at a Gospel Hour, with a devotional from Reverend Clifton Marvel and remarks from Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson, Ward 2 Alderman Billie Joe Frazier and Irving. Anissa Hampton and H-Funk, a band from Jackson, closed the festivities with a performance in the afternoon.

“It’s about bringing the community out, connecting, and moving forward,” Irving said.

Minor Street is a beautiful location for the Jubilee, she said, with the newly added sidewalks, curbs and gutters. The most recent big development in Minorville was the annexation of the church in the 1980s, but Irving said she hopes to change that.

“The overall mission,” Irving said, “is to open an after-school tutoring center and a computer center.”

In the meantime, she is planning a cycling route from the next Jubilee along a civil rights trail. It will begin on Minor Street at the memorial to Wharrest Jackson, a civil rights activist murdered in Natchez by the Ku Klux Klan in 1967.