The mission of the MDNHA is to foster preservation, perpetuation and celebration of the Mississippi Delta’s heritage through collaboration and sustainable economic development. Toward fulfilling this mission, the MDNHA focuses on developing five interrelated cultural heritage themes:
(1) The Mississippi River and the Land It Embraces;
(2) The Culture of the Blues and the Birth of an American Sound;
(3) Moving Toward Freedom: Changing America’s Character in the Struggle for Rights;
(4) Growing More Than Cotton: The Delta as a Wellspring of Creativity; and
(5) The Delta Divide: Creating the Delta’s Diverse Communities.
The MDNHA was designated by Congress in 2009. The MDNHA is managed by The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University and is governed by a 15-member board representing agencies and organizations defined in its Congressional legislation. The MDNHA includes 18 counties that contain land located in the alluvial floodplain of the Mississippi Delta: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo.