HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg's historic E. 6th Street USO is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
A kickoff event was held Wednesday.
It opened on March 22, 1942 as a recreation facility for black soldiers training at Camp Shelby.
After the war, it was used for many purposes, including a community center.
It went through a restoration and since 2009, it has housed the African-American Military History Museum.
"This is the only USO club of its type open to the public and in use," said Latoya Norman, manager of the African-American Military History Museum. "So, we're very fortunate of that, and we just don't want to miss an opportunity to celebrate such and important milestone."
"We needed to preserve it and I was so happy when we were able to keep it," said Vermell Jackson, of Hattiesburg. During World War Two, Jackson served as a volunteer hostess at the USO. "It was important, it was important to the community."
Anniversary events continue throughout the week and conclude Saturday with a 1940's Community Day and Bicentennial Celebration.