Visitor center ‘idea’ had help from public

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I had planned to respond much sooner to your Oct. 14, editorial “Visitor center has right idea,” but did not, due to illness.

I am truly pleased that your board used the caption of the “right idea” for the Visitor Center/National Park Service complex’s new interpretive exhibition.

This means that for nearly 10 years they and the City of Natchez operators/developers of the visitor center did not have the right idea. (Arrived at by logic deduction not direct observations.)

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Their previous years of presentation and interpretation of Natchez’s history failed to achieve what I call equal history commemorations and tourism promotion.

It took eight or so years of my person’s advocacy and complaints at the National and Southeast Region Offices of the National Park Service before folks at the Southeast Region stepped up to the plate.

They (I know the exact people) insisted that both Vicksburg National Military Park and Natchez National Historic Park had to make equal history changes.

Both National Parks at that time had gotten new superintendents appointed who led the changes of inclusive history presentations at Vicksburg and Natchez.

Both superintendents were female.

My person and Civil War re-enactor Norman Fisher of Jackson worked on the U.S. Colored Troops history of successfully fighting at Milliken’s Bend permanent exhibition that’s installed in the Vicksburg Park Visitor’s Center.

Norman and my person also worked intensively on Vicksburg National Park five-year plan.

Also, my person was responsible for the Natchez Trace Parkway installation of an interpretive wayside panel about slavery on the Natchez Trace at Mount Locust.

My person as well as other citizen volunteers worked on the newly installed exhibit in the visitor center in Natchez.

Of course here and there you find government workers who will tell the public who helped them with the right ideas.


Your editorial board was right to say “the right idea” at the visitor center.

But needed to say with the intense help of persons such as my person, they have the right idea in the park service office of the visitor center complex.

Ser Seshs Ab Heter-Clifford M. Boxley

Natchez resident