Seeing Mark Howell’s smiling face on the front page of Friday’s newspaper should give us all joy in Washington County.
He, along with a large group of dedicated volunteers, have worked tirelessly to expose our community to the vibrant culture built many years ago by the people who first called the Delta home at Winterville Mounds.
Those mounds, created by Native Americans centuries ago, are the oldest man-made structures in the Delta and there are many of them scattered throughout our county.
The Mississippi Humanities Council chose the Native American Days celebration as the recipient of the Preservers of Mississippi Culture award recently during its Public Humanities Award Ceremony at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.
Hundreds of school children have made the trip to the mounds during those celebration days to learn about the culture represented there.
It’s a wonderful chance for hands-on learning about the past that most children don’t often have. If you and your children haven’t visited the mounds or attended Native American Days, you most assuredly should put it on your calendar.
Howell pointed to the Winterville Mounds Association, Greenville Garden Club, Greenville Junior Auxiliary, Boy Scout Troops, Girl Scout Troops, Greenville Christian School, Winterville Mounds’ Staff and volunteers as the people who made the award possible.
Of course, he also pointed out the people who constructed the mounds more than 1,000 years ago.
It’s always good to see when someone’s hard work gets noticed and we are glad to see the hard work put into Native American Days got its recognition.