The Dumas-West House, built in the Queen Anne Revival style c. 1890, was constructed for Dr. Alfred Dumas. Dr. Dumas was the second African American doctor to practice in Natchez. He was recruited by Dr. John Banks, the city's first African American doctor.
The house later became the home of Artimese and George F. West, who operated the George F. West Funeral Home on Martin Luther King Jr. Street. George F. West was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement and refused to remove his signature from the 1955 petition to integrate the public school system. During the 1960s, he was considered an establishment member of the NAACP in Natchez alongside Shead Baldwin and P.K. Pennington.
The house remains today on North Dr. Martin Luther King Street.
The image above was taken in 1912 and is from a collection at the New York Public Library.


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