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Museum Moments to examine extinct businesses, schools, communities

B.F. Ford School Library Class , circa 1955

February’s Museum Moments features the research done on the African American History of New Albany and Union County titled “From Goat City to The Hill & Goose Hollow to The Flat” on Thursday, Feb. 15, noon at the Union County Heritage Museum in New Albany.

Sam Mosley and other members of the African American Concerned Veterans and Friends have worked for more than a year meeting, researching and documenting the African-American owned businesses which no longer exist; communities which are gone, extinct schools, and the origin of the local churches .

After desegregation the black owned businesses slowly closed, changing forever the local landscape. Schools were also a part of the big changes which came along with desegregation.

“Everything we have done has only scratched the surface,” Mosely said about the project. “And we have got to continue researching.” While we are celebrating the 200th year of Mississippi being a state, what we have here is a snap shot of where we have come from.” He said in reference to the history of the African American Communities, businesses, schools and churches.

Individuals who have materials to share about this topic are invited, as well as all who are interested. The museum is located at 114 Cleveland Street in New Albany. Kappa Kappa Iota will provide a light lunch for the event beginning at 11:30.

For more information call 662-538-0014.

Jill N. Smith

Director

Union County Heritage Museum

114 Cleveland Street

New Albany, Mississippi 38652

 

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