Hattiesburg museum to honor WWII home-front heroes

Hattiesburg museum to honor WWII home-front heroes

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg's African-American Military History Museum will Kick-off Black History Month 2016 with a special tribute to volunteers.

On Jan. 28 at 1 p.m., the museum will honor young ladies who volunteered there when it was a USO club for black soldiers in World War II.

The event is the first of many taking place in February honoring those who served our country.

"We're seeking anybody that came here, whether they were hostesses that came here to dance, or whether those that served lunch, or secretaries, just anybody that volunteered here to make sure these soldiers felt comfortable and at home," said Latoya Norman, museum manager.

"There are a few ladies in our area who recall going down to the USO and dancing with the soldiers and that sort of thing, (and) we think it's a perfect time to honor and recognize those ladies," said Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.

Black History Month will also feature book signings, story-telling from veterans, a beginner photography workshop and a "Valentine for Veterans" event, including Jitterbug dance lessons.