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Soldiers Tour Medgar Evers Exhibit

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HATTIESBURG -- A few groups from Camp Shelby toured the newly reopened African American Military History Museum today and were able to be one of the first to see a special exhibit.

"Well I think it's a great opportunity for the soldiers of the 158 Infantry Brigade to come to the museum and see what rich heritage it has to offer and to have them to be enhanced on the contributions of African Americans and what they have done in US military history," museum guest Synetha Griffin said.

The soldiers were greeted by the brand new Medgar Evers exhibit right in the front lobby of the former USO.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History created the exhibit last year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Evers' death.

Hattiesburg is the first stop on the exhibit's tour.  Museum officials say this is a great time to host the archives since this month's focus is on WWII.

"It gives you a lot of information about Medgar Evers and his life," Museum Manager Latoya Norman said.  "He was a WWII veteran. He actually was a part of the Red Ball Express. He supplied troops that were on the front lines, so we want people to come out and learn about his military career as well as his life."

The exhibit will be on display through the end of March.

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