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MS Delta National Heritage Area

As the management entity for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, the Delta Center receives visitors from all over the world on a regular basis.Learn more about the area

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Looking for the Blues Trail?

Visit the Mississippi Blues Commission for information on the developing Blues Heritage Trail and download the free Mississippi Blues Trail Mobile App!
Go to the Blues Trail site

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Today in Delta History

Learn about today’s date in Delta history by searching our Delta Heritage Calendar, created in honor of the Year of Delta Heritage at Delta State University.
Today in Delta History

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Connect with us on Facebook!

Follow us on Facebook to stay updated with our most recent activity and connect with other fans of  the Mississippi Delta! Content is frequently updated by Lee Aylward and Heather Miller.
Visit our Facebook page

International Conference on the Blues

Please Register! October 6th and 7th 2014
Visit our website

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The Birthplace of the Blues

Check out the Delta Center’s “Live from the Birthplace of the Blues” project, which was funded by the History Channel.
Read about the “Live from the Birthplace of the Blues” project

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Delta Photo Roadshow

Check out the Delta Center’s Photo Roadshow project, funded by the History Channel’s “Save Our History” project. Download the Delta Photo Roadshow booklet here

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Read our Mound Bayou booklet

Check out the unique heritage of the town of Mound Bayou, one of the first all-black towns founded by former slaves from the Davis plantations.
Read our Mound Bayou booklet

Welcome to the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, the management entity of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area!

“Citizens kept ignorant of their history are robbed of the riches of their heritage.”
-Bruce Cole, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships, and community engagement.

The Mississippi Delta has a mystique of mythological proportions. It was virgin wilderness and swamp at the turn of the twentieth century, cleared for cotton and plantation life by the 1930’s, dominated by politically powerful gentleman planters, peopled by Black sharecroppers, Italian immigrants, Chinese, Lebanese and Jewish merchants. It is the source of “The Great Migration” north, and thus the home of the African American populations of many Northern cities, like Chicago and Detroit. It is the home of the Blues, Gospel, soul food, the civil rights movement. It was home to Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Clifton Taulbert, Shelby Foote, and Hodding Carter. It is where Teddy Roosevelt saved the original “Teddy Bear,” and where Elvis Presley learned to dance and sing and drive a Cadillac. It is the land where Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson wrote the lyrics that eventually made the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton famous.

The Delta is the American story, shrunk in time and space. Faulkner said it was “deswamped and denuded and derivered in two generations.” Shelby Foote claimed that one could see “a hundred years of history in twenty years in the Delta,” and James Cobb wrote “When it comes to history, the Delta was clearly a region in a hurry.”

Analysts from Howard Zinn to James Cobb have claimed that the Delta is the South’s South, a place where American traits and experience are revealed with blinding clarity. Students of contemporary American culture will not find a better place to explore American history and culture in the field.

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For a comprehensive listing of Blues activities and opportunities in the Delta, visit CatHead.biz and MississippiDeltaBluesInfo.comFor general information about the Delta, see visitthedelta.com.

Please visit the Mississippi Blues Commission for information on the developing Blues Heritage Trail.

Please visit our International Blues Conference see

http://www.deltastate.edu/president/international-blues-conference.

 

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  • The Delta Center for Culture and Learning

    The Delta Center is a "Center of Excellence" at Delta State University, the management entity for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, and home of the Blues Highway Association.