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Delta State University (Cleveland, MS 38733-0001)
Rolando Herts (Project Director: February 2018 to present)
Lee Aylward (Co Project Director: September 2018 to present)

Landmarks of American History and Culture
Education Programs

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$170,000 (approved)
$170,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2020

The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, History, and Culture of the Mississippi Delta

Two one-week workshops for 72 school teachers on the history and culture of the Mississippi Delta, with music as a focus.

This 2019 Landmarks workshop will inform participants of the important role that the Mississippi Delta has played in American history. Designated a National Heritage Area by U.S. Congress and a National Treasure of the National Trust for Historic Places, the Mississippi Delta is recognized as “the land where the blues was born, where the Civil Rights movement took root, and where increasingly mechanized farming sparked the Great Migration,” making it the “’cradle of American culture’ for its role in shaping our nation’s character” (National Trust, 2012). Our approach is highly experiential and tells these nationally significant heritage stories at the places where they happened.