The Barber of Natchez Contributed By: Don Estes 1809-1851
William Johnson, born a slave and freed as a young boy, was known as the "Barber of Natchez". He became very prosperous, owned three shops and acquired substantial holdings - renting property, timberland, farm acreage and slaves.
He was highly respected for his fair dealings and good business judgment. His very detailed and comprehensive dairy contributed considerably to the account of every day life and times of those years in Natchez and earned him the title of "American Diarist".
He was murdered and his accused murderer was never convicted.