As black history month comes to an end in Mississippi, there are a few things you don’t want to miss this month!
Making a trip to the Black History Museum of Corinth is the perfect place to become educated about black history this February. See featured displays of memorabilia and artifacts relating to black history with a focus on religion and education. Collections include tributes to Mayor E.S. Bishop, Corinth’s first black Mayor; opera singer, Ruby Elzy; local and nationally recognized sports figures, and much more. The museum is open Thursday and Friday from 11am- 4 pm and other times by appointment. Admission is free, however donations are accepted.
The Alcorn County Welcome Center will partner with Corinth Artists Guild Director, Sonny Boatman, to observe Black History Month throughout the remainder of February. The Welcome Center will feature paintings by talented African American artists and the Crossroads Poetry Project will provide talented Storytellers of the African American Community. Tony Bullard will display one of his recent paintings depicting the historic downtown Corinth shopping venue “Rubel’s Dept. Store,” along with pictures on display from the Crossroads Museum of Corinth, and history books about the history and people of Alcorn County.
Help celebrate Black History Month with Hernando Public Library and “Frederick Douglass- From Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City.” This exhibit is a feature from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This exhibit is funded by the Elizabeth Entrikin Cooke Foundation and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The Natchez Museum of African Art and Heritage contains exhibits from numerous Natchez related African American historic sites, important citizens and events, and also an exhibit of art that is on permanent loan from the Finley family of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Other exhibits include “The Rhythm Nightclub Fire,” where over 200 African American Natchez citizens were burned or trampled to death, information on the Forks of the Road, and much more. Enjoy this museum all year long!
The African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg is celebrating Black History Month in full swing this month and focusing on Black History in Vietnam. This Saturday at 11am, Hattiesburg’s own, Charles J. Brown, a Vietnam veteran will share his story and war experience with museum visitors; and an exhibit of his personal artifacts will be on display. The museum is open year round, Tuesday- Saturday from 10am- 4pm.
Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities to further educate yourself on Black History in Mississippi!