Hattiesburg museum renovated

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - As you enter the USO club and into the African American Military History Museum, you'll experience a journey through time.

It depicts the service and sacrifice made by African American soldiers in Hattiesburg and throughout the country.

The Hattiesburg Convention Commission which funded the renovation project said the largest artifact within the museum is the USO Club building.

Executive Director of the Commission Rick Taylor said, "It is the only USO that was built for black soldiers in World War II that remains in public hands in the United States, and it's only one of two buildings of that type that remain period."

The museum features several displays depicting the service of African American soldiers in conflicts such as the Civil War, Vietnam, and during the two World Wars. Museum officials have high hopes for this facility, which they hope will become a must see destination for residents and tourists looking to learn more about the Hub City's history.

Taylor added, "And one very, very important component is our African American community, the schools and of course this building and the service it provided during World War II."

Taylor also said African American soldiers stationed at Camp Shelby during World War II went to the East Sixth Street USO to socialize and experience Hattiesburg.

It opens Saturday, May 23 at 11 a.m. and will be located at 305 East 6th Street in Hattiesburg.