Jeremiah M. P. Williams

Jeremiah M. P. Williams (Adams County)

State Senate: 1870-1874, 1878-1880

Died: June 24, 1884 in Minorville, MS

Baptist minister, formerly enslaved.

“In a widely circulated speech in 1871, State Senator Jeremiah M. P. Williams addressed the conflicting themes of factionalism, democracy, and black office holding. He warned of the growing power of the southern Democratic Party and implored his fellow citizens in Natchez to remain ‘true to one another.'”
(Justin Behrend, Reconstructing Democracy: Grassroots Black Politics in the Deep South after the Civil War, 2015)

Weekly Mississippi Pilot, May 7, 1870
Vicksburg Daily Times, July 16, 1870
Vicksburg Herald, July 31, 1875
Weekly Democrat-Times, June 24, 1876
Natchez Democrat, June 25, 1884