HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the African American Military History Museum
In honor of Black History Month, the African American Military History Museum will host a series of events during February to celebrate those who served in the American Armed Forces. The public is invited to visit the Museum throughout February to show support for our brave men and women in uniform.
A Kick-Off party will be held on January 29 from 1 PM-3 PM and will honor women veterans of the United States Armed Forces from the Pine Belt.
Beginning February 6, the Museum will screen a documentary each Friday, which highlights the contributions of African Americans in the military. The showing of the film will begin at 10:45 AM each week and will last approximately an hour and 15 minutes. These films offer the chance to continue the conversation about African American service in the military while meeting and creating a fellowship with other visitors to the Museum.
As in years past, the USO will host its annual "Valentine's for Veterans" event. On February 14, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, any veteran with a military ID will receive a special treat for Valentine's Day. A trip to the Museum on Valentine's Day is a date that singles, couples and families can all enjoy.
The final event will be held on February 20 and will feature the exhibit opening for "Continuing the Legacy: African American Women United in Military Service". The exhibit opening begins at 10:00 AM and the exhibit itself will run through March in celebration of Women's History Month.
The USO Club opened on March 22, 1942 and was constructed by community volunteers who invested more than 40,000 hours in the project. It is currently the only surviving USO built exclusively for African American soldiers and in 2003 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 150 years of African American military history is on display in the Museum.
The African American Military History Museum is a Hattiesburg Convention Commission Facility. Since 1991, the Hattiesburg Convention Commission has been developing, operating and promoting tourism-related facilities for the Hattiesburg area. For more information, visit www.HattiesburgUSO.com.