CLEVELAND, Miss. — A collective of regional and national partners are hosting a Mississippi Delta Civil Rights Heritage Tourism Summit on Wednesday, September 27 at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola. The day-long summit will feature panel discussions and presentations on a range of topics including the Mississippi Freedom Trail, preserving Mississippi Freedom Houses, developing and engaging Civil Rights storytellers, tourism marketing/promotion, and funding opportunities. An evening screening of the film “Promised Land: A Story About Mound Bayou” will take place at historic Club Ebony, which is part of the museum complex.
“The summit will bring various community stakeholders together to learn about exciting Civil Rights heritage tourism development activities that continue to grow throughout the Mississippi Delta region,” said Dr. Rolando Herts, Executive Director of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and director of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University.
Funding for the summit is provided by the National Parks Conservation Association. Summit partners include BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, Mississippi Heritage Trust, Mississippi Humanities Council, Mound Bayou Museum, National Park Service, and The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University.
The summit is free and open to the public. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. To attend, confirmed registration is required. Confirmed registration is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Register now at msdeltaheritage.com/cr-summit.