The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently made the prehistoric mounds at Poverty Point the 1,001st addition to its list of World Heritage Sites, a compilation of places of cultural and natural significance. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who oversees the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, will oversee the unveiling of a plaque at an inscription ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in Epps, Louisiana.
To highlight the event, Dardenne used 1,001 Mounds candy bars donated by Hershey to create a replica of Poverty Point in his office.
Poverty Point is the name of a nearby 19th-century plantation. The recognized site contains a semicircle of ceremonial earthworks and mounds created and used by Native Americans between 3700 B.C. and 3100 B.C. It's one of 20 sites recently added to the global list, and it's the 22nd site in the U.S. The U.S. originally nominated the site in 2013, and Dardenne sent a delegation to argue for its addition to the list.
Candy bars from the replica will be handed out at the inscription ceremony.