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Grand Village to be closed over virus concerns

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians will be closed to the public through at least the first week in April.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History announced the closure of all of its sites on its website Thursday.

“Based on information provided by the Mississippi Department of Health about the coronavirus epidemic, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will close all sites beginning Friday, March 13,” the statement said.

Other sites include the Museum of Mississippi History, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Eudora Welty House and Garden, Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Old Capitol Museum, William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson and Winterville Mounds near Greenville.

Grand Village director Lance Harris said the site will be closed at least until April 3.

In addition to closing the museum and grounds to the public, events scheduled through the end of March at the Grand Village have also been canceled, Harris said.

“The Natchez PowWow will not be at the Grand Village on March 28-29,” Harris said.

School group visits, birthday parties and other events are also canceled.