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Museum black history program focuses on lives of WWII soldiers

Children from Magnolia Middle School in Moss Point. Photo source: WDAM Children from Magnolia Middle School in Moss Point. Photo source: WDAM
Students read letters from soldiers as part of ongoing Black History Month activities at the African-American Military History Museum. Photo source: WDAM Students read letters from soldiers as part of ongoing Black History Month activities at the African-American Military History Museum. Photo source: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Students from the Mississippi Gulf Coast traveled to Hattiesburg Thursday to learn more about the lives of soldiers who served the country during World War II.

Children from Magnolia Middle School in Moss Point participated in a game show-style quiz and a letter writing workshop as part of ongoing Black History Month activities at the African-American Military History Museum.

The museum is housed in the E. 6th Street USO (United Services Organization) building, which was constructed in 1942. 

During World War II, the facility was used as a place for rest and relaxation for black soldiers who were training at Camp Shelby.

"We want people to know what this building meant to the community and to the soldiers that visited, so the activities that we have were specifically geared towards bringing that to life," said Latoya Norman, museum manager. 

"I like how they thought about making a museum of it and not just forgeting about it and it's helping students learn more about history," said Breland Curry, a sixth grade student at the school. 

"I think it's very interactive and we get to learn a lot of stuff that personally, I didn't know before," said Raven Lee, another sixth grader.   

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the USO. 

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