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African American Military History Museum

African American Military History Museum, Hattiesburg, Mississipppi. Woodlot/Wikimedia

The African American Military History Museum began as a segregated USO Club for black soldiers stationed at Camp Shelby. Originally built in 1942, the club was designated was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, and in 2009 the building was reopened as the museum. Most of the artifacts are from World War II, but the collection extends from the American Revolution to modern times. Moreover, the museum includes exhibits on Hattiesburg native Jesse L. Brown (1926-1950), America's first black naval aviator, as well as Ruth Bailey Earl (1919–2004), a nurse who served during World War II.

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