Russell, Irwin

Irwin Russell (1853- 1879) was the author of “Christman Night in the Quarters”and other poems. He won fame with his poems in the Negro dialect. A memorial located on 1055 College in Port Gibson was constructed for Russell on land once owned by Port Gibson’s founder, Samuel Gibson. Currently, it houses the Harriette Person Memorial Library, the town hall, and the mayor’s office.

Sources:

“People of Port Gibson”

http://www.nostalgiaville.com/travel/Mississippi/natchez%20trace/port%20gibson/port%20gibson.htm

http://mwp.olemiss.edu/dir/russell_irwin/index.html