New Hattiesburg museum exhibit honors WWII veterans

Photo by Charles Herrington
Photo by Charles Herrington

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A new exhibit at the African-American Military History Museum features the stories of more than one dozen World War Two veterans, told in their own words.

An Oral History kiosk in the lobby of the museum was officially presented Tuesday, during a special Veterans Day Open House.

It features interviews with 16 WWII veterans or citizens that were associated with the museum in the 1940s, when it was a USO for black soldiers serving at Camp Shelby.

"We started interviewing these veterans back in February and so, it's been a long process," said Latoya Norman, museum manager for the Hattiesburg Convention Commission. "We've been working with the design team to have the finished product in time for Veterans Day," she said.

Museum staff hope to add additional oral histories in the future.