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Jitterbug lessons part of Hattiesburg museum's "Valentine to Veterans" event

Jitterbug lessons were offered during a "Valentine to Veterans" event Saturday at the African-American Military History Museum. Jitterbug lessons were offered during a "Valentine to Veterans" event Saturday at the African-American Military History Museum.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A Hattiesburg museum hosted a special, toe-tapping holiday event for veterans Saturday morning.  

The African-American Military History Museum provided free jitterbug dance lessons during  a "Valentine to Veterans" event.

It was part of the museum's annual Black History Month celebration.

The jitterbug was popular back in the 1940s, when the museum was a USO center for black soldiers.  

"So many were away from home and the USO centers, as well as socializing, was a big part of the soldiers' life," said Alvin Eaton, a veteran and member of the museum committee.  

"It's a great way to remember how the soldiers back in 1942 would have entertained themselves and their valentines," said Sheila Varnado, a veteran and president of the museum committee. 

Instructor Rebecca Chandler, of Hattiesburg Ballroom and Beyond, provided the lessons. 

"It is pretty cool to have (a dance) around for that long and it still stands up today, I mean you can even dance it to current music," Chandler said.   

Next Saturday, the museum will host a photography workshop. 

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