Lower Mississippi Delta Region Initiative
This Initiative, Public Law 103-433, directs the Secretary
of the Interior to undertake a comprehensive program of studies on
heritage in the Lower Mississippi Delta.
The Lower Mississippi Valley has a density of
history and prehistory unmatched elsewhere in the United States.
For thousands of years, the Mississippi was the major highway
for people from all corners of the continent. American Indians,
European explorers, adventurers, planters, slaves, and armies
left behind artifacts of their culture, world views, and ideas.
There are records of human habitation five thousand years old
and on a massive scale. Repeated building programs over ensuing
millennia have brought us to the present and these endeavors have
been reported by a series of visitors such as Cabeza de Vaca,
Hernando de Soto, Aaron Burr, Ulysses S. Grant, and Jefferson
Davis. The National Park Service invites you to experience this
web site and gain a better understanding of this region's rich
Roger G. Kennedy
Former Director of the National Park Service
Mississippi Delta Outreach
This outreach program is intended to bring about the
protection, preservation, and interpretation of significant natural,
cultural, and recreational resources. Special emphasis is on education
activities and the fostering of scholarship. This section includes
information on the history and heritage of the Lower Mississippi Delta.
This legislative initiative mandates the National Park
Service (NPS) undertake a series of studies to identify resources
and recommend methods to preserve and interpret the natural, cultural,
and recreational resources of this region. The NPS will then manage
or assist others in implementing legislated programs. Economic development
through enhanced tourism is the primary goal.
The National Park Service will continue to establish
partnerships and links with organizations and key individuals to enlist
their aid in developing and accomplishing the goals of the Mississippi
Delta Outreach programs and the Lower Mississippi Delta Region Initiative.