Pine Belt pin exhibition honors Madeleine Albright

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Pine Belt women are collecting their pins for a special exhibit honoring former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright's upcoming Hattiesburg visit.

The exhibit will be housed at the Hub City's train depot Tuesday night at a private reception following Albright's speech on NATO at the nearby Saenger Theater.

Madeleine Albright is known for her pin collection and she often wears them to signify important speeches and international meetings.

Much like Albright, the Pine Belt women who contributed their jewelry to this exhibit have special meaning attached to each one of their pieces.

Betsy Rowell is the Executive Director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown, which is helping to organize the exhibit.

According to Rowell, "One pin is from a guy as an engagement ring to his wife because he couldn't afford an engagement ring, how fabulous is that. Other stories were about pins that were given to girls when they were very young ands they just cherished them all their lives. And when they put that pin on, they reminisced about their grandmother or great grandmother."

Southern Miss Fashion Merchandising students are helping to organize and display the pin exhibition.

Madeleine Albright's six thirty PM speech Tuesday at the Saenger Theater is free and open to the public.

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