On February 10, 2013 a tornado swept through Hattiesburg, Mississippi and did over 1 million dollars worth of damage to the African-American Military History Museum. Wind and Water damaged the facility and the exhibits located within the museum. The facility and the artifacts contained within it were insured but the museum still needs additional funds to defray the repair costs of the building and to replace or repair the damaged artifacts and exhibits. The areas that suffered the most damage were the Jesse L. Brown, Vietnam and Desert Storm exhibits.
Currently, a committee led by Colonel Sheila Varnado is in place to help raise the funds necessary to restore the museum to its original pre-tornado condition. The museum is actually located inside a very historic site, the last standing USO established only for African-Americans. For those unfamiliar with the term USO, it stands for United Service Organization, a private, nonprofit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform.
Interested in donating to help rebuild this historic museum? If so, please click the image below:
A slide show of images that show how severely the tornado damaged the museum.
305 E. 6th Street
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401