BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN HATTIESBURG
Celebrate Black History Month in Hattiesburg. A premier cultural destination in the Gulf South, the Hub City is chock full of history and heritage attractions honoring African-American culture.
To kick off the month, the 1964 Freedom Summer Trail and audio tourwas relaunched. The 16-stop, self-guided driving tour begins at the Visitors Center, winds through historic downtown, and ends at the University of Southern Mississippi. Freedom Summer played a significant part in the Civil Rights Movement, and Hattiesburg was a “mecca” for activities and voter registration. Each stop has an accompanying audio component that allows you to hear about the Civil Rights Movement through stories told by those who lived it. Visit HBURGFreedomTrail.orgfor more information. You do not want to miss out on this educational and inspiring journey this February.
Experience Hattiesburg’s African American Military History Museumand learn about African Americans’ contributions to the U.S. military from the Revolutionary War through now. The free, family-friendly museum is located in the last remaining USO Club designated for African Americans s during World War II. Hear accounts of bravery and history being made when you explore the interactive exhibits, which include an audio tour, photo opportunities, and videos.
New for Black History Month festivities, the African American Military History Museum unveiled an exhibit titled “Nothing Happens Until Something Moves: African Americans in Military Transport.” The exhibit highlights African American servicemen who played a key role in planning the movement of supplies and people by both land and sea. The exhibit will be available until March 31, 2019.
Don’t fret if you can’t make it to Hattiesburg during Black History Month. These attractions are open year-round, so plan a visit anytime. Head to the Hub City for a weekend getaway or a culture-filled trip and don’t miss out on these historic stops.
More information about these attractions can be found at VisitHBURG.orgor by chatting with an ambassador at the Hattiesburg Visitors Center.
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