Edith Wyatt Moore, Natchez historian and officer of the Natchez Trace Association, was recognized for her civic service January 2, 1935 in promoting the Natchez Trace. Mrs. Moore presented at a congressional committee hearing regarding the development of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Help us save and pave the Natchez-Nashville Trace.
Mrs. Moore penned a message “To the stranger within our gates” urging visitors to the city to “straightway advise your senators and congressmen that you endorse the passage of the Natchez-Trace Parkway bill, now pending in Congress” (Natchez Democrat, Mary. 31, 1935, p. 4).
The Natchez Trace was one of the most ancient and important Indian roads leading from the territory in Tennessee around Nashville, crossing the Tennessee river at Colbert Shoals below Muscle Shoals then passing through the Chickasaw and Choctaw Indian lands in what is now Mississippi, in a direct course by Jackson to Natchez. (“Natchez Trace” Bill Approved in Senate, Apr. 25, 1935)
In November 1935, the U.S. Senate approved the measure to construct the parkway, and in August 1937, President Roosevelt signed the bill providing $1,500,000 of federal monies for the construction of the parkway. States and counties were to bear half of the cost. The Natchez Trace Parkway extends through parts of 15 Mississippi counties. The project was funded by New Deal agencies Civil Works Administration, Public Works Administration, and Works Progress Administration. It is currently maintained by the National Park Service.