Delta communities spotlighted at RiverPark
The Tunica RiverPark and Museum will unveil three new exhibits during the month of April. These exhibits will explore the history of the oldest independent all-black community in the heart of the Delta, introduce the new traveling exhibits gallery and offer a new experience for children.
Beginning April 16 at the RiverPark’s Mississippi River Museum, “From Plantation to Prosperity: A Black Family History in the Mississippi Delta” will tell the little-known story of opportunity, cooperation and success in the Delta towns of Davis Bend (now known as Davis Island) and Mound Bayou, Miss. During the Civil War, African American slaves enjoyed an uncommon amount of freedom while living in Davis Bend. After the war, residents moved to another area of the Mississippi Delta and founded Mound Bayou. The exhibits explore the founders, builders, lifestyle, hardships and successes of the oldest independent all-black communities in the Delta.