Thursday, April 1, 2010

African American Military Museum

African American Military History Museum

The African American Military History Museum is located in Hattiesburg, Ms. The museum was established in 1942 and dedicated to African American soldiers. It displays exhibits that reflect the major military contributions and actions of African Americans. Some of these heroes are from Hattiesburg, Ms as well. The museum has a variety of exhibits that includes the all of the major wars fought in American history. The first exhibit is the lobby that displays the history of the exhibit. The African American Military History Museum was first the World War II Recreational Building. It has an up close and personal view of World War II private Henry Johnson. World War II highlights Hattiesburg’s own Ruth Baily and the first African American pilots in military history. The museum exhibits also highlights desegregation in the the armed forces. President Harry S. Truman issued Order 9981 established equality in the military. Special features of the museum are the Hattiesburg Hall of Honor that recognizes the contributions of the African American soldiers in Hattiesburg. The museum is now listed on the national registry of historic places and Mississippi Landmarks. There are hundreds of artifacts and pictures in the museum. The museum is associated with the USO club as a home for soldiers stationed at Camp Shelby. The exhibits display the courage and bravery of the African American soldiers that served in some of the greatest wars in international history. The museum is open from 10-4 from Tuesday to Saturday. The address is 305 E. 6th Street in down town Hattiesburg.

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