History&Heritage Vicksburg, MS DEEp-S O U T H - u s A . c O m L A K Y M S T N A L From the early Choctaw and Cherokee conflicts with the European settlers to the defining Civil War and civil rights struggles, the history and heritage of Deep South USA is complex and compelling. As author William Faulkner explained, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” LOUISIANA 1  Discover the most impactful event of the 20th century and the legacy of the greatest generation at the National WWII Museum. 2  Poverty Point UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient American Indian earthworks site created about 3,400 years ago. MISSISSIPPI 3  President Lincoln described Vicksburg as “The Key to the South” in the Civil War and visitors can relive the history at the expansive National Military Park. 4  From the picture perfect town square to William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak and the landscaped campus of Ole Miss, Oxford is quintessentially Southern. ALABAMA 5  Mobile is the home of the original American Mardi Gras, which was first celebrated in 1703 and still is today. 6  The Rosa Parks Museum depicts the events that started the Montgomery bus boycott and the Civil Rights movement. TENNESSEE 7  See the site of the first major battle in the western theatre at the Shiloh National Military Park. 8  Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is the location of two of the most important battles of the American Civil War. KENTUCKY 9   Lincoln Heritage Trail - In addition to being the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky has many ties to the sixteenth president. 10  Rising from the profits of bootlegging during Prohibition in the 1930’s, Newport became the premier gambling destination in the United States. Lexington, KY Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA