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USM student researching early days of Mobile Street history

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A University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student in history is researching the early years of the Mobile Street area in Hattiesburg.

Eve Wade, a native of Chicago, will host a lecture and present some of her research at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the African-American Military History Museum.

The lecture is titled, "The Rise of Mobile Street, 1884-1920."

Wade's research explores the migration of African-Americans from rural to urban areas of the South, before many of those same people moved on to large, northern cities.

Much of her work is in her dissertation titled, "Becoming Bronzeville: The Origin of the Black Metropolis in a Southern City."

"I think some (research) that surprised me was the amount of people who owned businesses," said Wade. "There were so many different entrepreneurs and so many different businesses along Mobile Street and generally, when you think of a small city in the South, you don't think of a metropolis, but it was a city in that everything you needed could be found along Mobile Street."

"There were tailors, a black-owned bank and I think it's important for people to know," Wade said.       

He lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Study of the Gulf South.

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