E. 6th Street USO wraps up 75th anniversary celebration

E. 6th Street USO wraps up 75th anniversary celebration

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Events celebrating the 75th anniversary of Hattiesburg's historic East 6th Street USO wrapped up Saturday with a community party.

The National Guard's 41st Army Band entertained visitors at a Community Day and Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration.

The USO originally opened in March 1942 as a recreation facility for black soldiers at Camp Shelby.

It now houses the African-American Military History Museum.

Among the honored guests Saturday was the winner of the first Miss East 6th Street USO scholarship pageant.

Ni'Jah Pace, a senior at Bassfield High School, was crowned Friday night.

"It's actually an honor and a privilege to be named the first Miss East 6th Street USO," said Pace. "I'm excited to see what else we're going to have and I'm excited for the future. It was a scholarship opportunity, so I definitely wanted to take the opportunity for the scholarship."

Pace will study accounting at Pearl River Community College.