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MPS director John Stubbs, quoted in an article on Poverty Point's UN Heritage Status

September 29, 2014

Inspired by Poverty Point, New Orleans could seek UN heritage status

The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in June designated an ancient Native American complex known as Poverty Point, east of Monroe, as Louisiana's first World Heritage site. The state legislature supported that nomination in 2010. Meanwhile, interest in proposing either the French Quarter or the historic core of New Orleans as a UNESCO site has grown. The 1,007 world heritage listings to date have cultural or natural significance, or both, and include a number of urban centers.

The United States has 22 UNESCO heritage sites, weighted toward national parks, notably Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde. The agency is considering the Alamo and four other San Antonio, Texas missions for heritage status next year. Also on a proposed list are three African American churches with civil rights histories in Alabama.


...Tulane University architecture professor John Stubbs, who directs the university's Master of Preservation Studies program, grew up in Monroe, 45 miles southwest of Poverty Point. "When I was in high school in the 1960s, we were surrounded by Indian history and were well aware of it, but we weren't taught about Poverty Point," he said last week. Situated to the west of Monroe are the significant Watson Break earthworks, dating to 3300 BC...

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