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African American Military Museum

The African American Military History Museum bears witness to the service and sacrifice of the African American soldier beginning with the American Revolution through the modern-day conflicts of Desert Storm and the Global War on Terrorism. Hundreds of artifacts, photos, and unique displays fill the restored main hall, including one of the most complete sets of authentic Spanish-American War medals. Each item tells a story of pioneers such as Hattiesburg’s own Jesse L. Brown, America’s first Black naval aviator, and lesser-known heroes such as Ruth Bailey Earl, also of Hattiesburg, whose image and actions represented the more than 500 Black nurses who served during World War II.

Their acts of valor and bravery while under fire are presented with honor at Hattiesburg’s African American Military History Museum at the Historic USO building so that their courage and patriotism may inspire us.

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