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Chadwick Boseman, left, and Nelsan Ellis in a scene from

Chadwick Boseman, left, and Nelsan Ellis in a scene from "Get On Up," a new movie featuring the life of James Brown. (Associated Press)

Natchez tourism bureau making ‘Get On Up’ tour map

Last Modified: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:20 PM

By The Associated Press

NATCHEZ, Miss. — Natchez officials are developing a tour map to take visitors to locations where the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” was filmed.

Natchez Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Interim Director Creda Stewart tells The Natchez Democrat the tour is designed as a self-guided walking tour.

Carol Ann Riley, who is designing the brochure, said the locations would be finalized once she knows what is actually in the movie, which will be released nationally on Aug. 1.

The tour is partially modeled after the tour in Greenwood after the film “The Help” premiered. Mississippian Tate Taylor, who directed “Get On Up,” also directed “The Help” in 2011.

“I think we are going to test it out and see if there is some interest,” Stewart said. “Not only for the people of Natchez to go around, but visitors for Natchez.”

After three years, Greenwood is still hosting bus tours from “The Help,” said Elizabeth Stowers, the office business manager at the Greenwood Convention Visitors Bureau.

Stowers said “The Help” tour includes areas were the film was shot, as well as places were the cast and crew stayed and visited while shooting.

“We still get busloads of people coming for the tour,” Stowers said. “It’s the gift that keeps on giving.”

“Get on Up” was filmed in 21 locations in Natchez. The brochures will have a combination of historic information and also trivia from the filming of the movie.

Stewart said the tour is aimed at visitors looking for something to do and see around Natchez, but the tour could grow depending on feedback.


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