Audley Maurice Mackel was a prominent dentist from Natchez who resurrected the Natchez chapter of the NAACP in the spring of 1940, by collecting enough support and members to charter a new chapter. He eventually served as the branch secretary. In the 1950s he was active in the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, the organization headed by Dr. T.R.M. Howard. In a legendary incident, he drove Dr. Howard in a hearse past a number of gun-toting Klansman.