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Hattiesburg museum damaged in tornado to re-open soon

Hattiesburg's African-American Military HIstory Museum will host a grand re-opening/Black History Month kick-off celebration on Feb. 6, 2014. Hattiesburg's African-American Military HIstory Museum will host a grand re-opening/Black History Month kick-off celebration on Feb. 6, 2014.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A Hattiesurg museum damaged in last February's tornado will soon re-open and all the local World War Two veterans are invited to join in the celebration. The African-American Military History Museum has just undergone an $800,000 restoration after sustaining heavy damage to the rear of the building.

And next February 6, it will officially open its doors again and kick-off Black History Month, which will focus on heroes of World War Two.

"We're making a call right now for any living World War Two veterans," said Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, which operates the museum for the City of Hattiesburg. "We need them or their families to contact us here at the museum. We'd like to arrange for them to come out and be honored for their service," he said.

"It's very important that the community comes out," said Latoya Norman, museum manager. "They were very supportive when the storm hit and we just want them to come out and celebrate this very happy time for us," She said.

The grand re-opening and kick-off of Black History Month will begin at 1 p.m. If you'd like more information, you can give them at call at (601) 450-1942 or go online at www.hattiesburguso.com

The museum, which was a USO for black soldiers in World War Two, opened in 2009.

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