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Oseola McCarty House Museum

Sixth Street Museum District
        Hattiesburg, MS 39401

The late washerwoman, Oseola McCarty spent much of her life working hard to make ends meet.  Yet in 1995, she gave her life savings to The University of Southern Mississippi to be used to help African American students with financial need attain their college education, something she never had.  Her generosity sparked the nation and the world with notables such as Oprah Winfrey, President Bill Clinton, David Letterman and others joining her in endowing a scholarship that now sends numerous students through college every year.    

The home Ms. McCarty lived in was recently moved to the Sixth Street Museum District, and is being renovated to serve as a museum, which will tell her life story, and promote the importance of philanthropy