A Taste of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT HATTIESBURG?
- Hattiesburg is a city in Mississippi, bisected by the county line between Forrest County (where it is the county seat) and Lamar County. The population was 45,989 in the 2010 census.
- Founded in 1882 by pioneer lumberman and civil engineer William H. Hardy, Hattiesburg was named in honor of Hardy's wife Hattie. The town was incorporated two years later with a population of 400. Hattiesburg's population first expanded as a center of the lumber and railroad industries, from which was derived the nickname "The Hub City." It now attracts newcomers to the area because of the diversity of the economy, strong neighborhoods and the central location in South Mississippi.
- Hattiesburg is home to the African American Military History Museum. Opened in 1942 to serve African Americans serving at Camp Shelby and now on the National Registry of Historic Places. The museum started out as a USO Club location and is the only remaining original club location left in the United States. USO's mission statement is to lift the spirits of America's troops and their families. Exhibits include: Revolutionary War, the Founding of Hattiesburg, Buffalo Soldiers, World Wars I and II, Desegregation, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Global War on Terrorism, You Can Be A Soldier, Hattiesburg's Hall of Honor, and World Map. The museum is dedicated to the African American soldiers that have fought for their country from Buffalo Soldiers to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- Hattiesburg and the unincorporated African American community of Palmers Crossing played a key role in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. In 1959, black Korean War veteran Clyde Kennard applied to attend then all-white Mississippi Southern College (today University of Southern Mississippi). He was denied admission on account of his race, and when he persisted, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission conspired to have him framed for a crime, for which he was sentenced to seven years in Parchman Prison. For years, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People leaders Medgar Evers, Vernon Dahmer and other Forrest County civil rights activists fought to overturn the conviction.
- January 21, 1964, was "Freedom Day" in Hattiesburg, a major voter registration effort supported by student demonstrators and 50 northern clergymen. For the first time since Reconstruction, an inter-racial protest was allowed to picket the courthouse for voting rights without being arrested. Roughly 100 African Americans attempted to register, though only a few were allowed into the courthouse and fewer still were added to the rolls. Each day thereafter for many months the courthouse protest was resumed in what became known as the "Perpetual Picket.
- America's truly great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement. Hattiesburg is home to Southern charm and friendly neighbors who come together to help each other out.
- On the night of January 10, 1966, the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan attacked the Hattiesburg home of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer with firebombs and gunfire. Dahmer was the most prominent black leader in the county and been the primary civil rights leader for many years. Just prior to the attack, he had announced that he would help pay a $2 poll tax for black voters too poor to do so themselves. Dahmer held off the Klan with his rifle to give his wife, their three young children, and elderly aunt time to escape their burning home, but he died of burns and smoke inhalation the next day. His murder sparked large protest marches in Hattiesburg. A number of Klansmen were arrested for the crime and four were eventually convicted. After four previous trials had ended in deadlocks, KKK Imperial Wizard Samuel Bowers was finally convicted in August 1998 for ordering the assassination of Dahmer. He was sentenced to life in prison.
WAII 89.3 FM Hattiesburg, MS Religious
WZKM 89.7 FM Waynesboro, MS Religious
WJMG 92.1 FM Hattiesburg, MS Hip Hop
WGDQ 93.1 FM Sumrall, MS Rhythmic Oldies
WXHB 96.5 FM Richton, MS Gospel Music
WFMM 97.3 FM Sumrall, MS Talk
WMXI 98.1 FM Laurel, MS News/Talk
WLAU 99.3 FM Heidelberg, MS Talk
WNSL 100.3 FM Laurel, MS Top-40
WJKX 102.5 FM Ellisville, MS Urban Contemporary
WQID (LPFM) 105.3 FM Hattiesburg, MS Urban Contemporary
WZLD 106.3 FM Petal, MS Hip Hop
WLVZ 107.1 FM Collins, MS Christian Contemporary
WHJA 890 AM Laurel, MS Blues
WHSY 950 AM Hattiesburg, MS News/Talk
WAML 1340 AM Laurel, MS Sports
WAML (CP) 1340 AM Collins, MS Sports
WFOR 1400 AM Hattiesburg, MS Gospel Music
WORV 1580 AM Hattiesburg, MS Gospel Music
Demographics of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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Famous Blacks from Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Businesses in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
- Bijou African Hair Braiding - Category: Black Hair Salons - - 1000 South 17th Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
- Magic Hands Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - - 4600 Hardy St # 16, Hattiesburg, MS 39402 (601) 268-3228 - (visit website)
- New Generation African Hair Braiding - Category: Black Hair Salons - - 2105 W 4th St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 (601) 208-9269 - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
- Cadillac Pig at Southgate - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 554 Southgate Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 (601) 582-7880 - (visit website)
- Cotton Blues - Category: Southern/Soul, Steakhouse, Pub Food - 6116 US Hwy 98 West Hattiesburg, MS 39402 (601) 450-0510
- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Serving the Hattiesburg Area. (601) 296-7950 - (visit website)
- Jessie B's - Category: Barbecue, Southern/Soul - Old Hwy 24 And Hwy 11
Hattiesburg, MS 39402 (601) 602-2471
- Leatha's Bar-B-Que Inn - Category: Barbecue, Southern/Soul, African - 6374 U S Highway 98 Hattiesburg, MS 39402 (601) 271-6003
- Nanny's Country Kitchen - Category: Southern/Soul - 907 Edwards St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401 (601) 583-1117
CITY VIDEO CONNECTION
HUB CITY: CLASSIC SOUL CONCERT
Description: You've loved the music that touched your heart and your soul. Music that made you sing along and move your body. Well, that soul music is back and live in concert for ONE NIGHT ONLY. DSH ENTERTAINMENT, INC in association with The A.D.H. Foundation, Inc. presents the HUB CITY: CLASSIC SOUL CONCERT, featuring The Stylistics, The Dramatics, and yes also The Chilites.
What a lineup, Don't miss the event everyone will be talking about it, presented by DSH ENTERTAINMENT, INC in association with The A.D.H. Foundation, Inc.
The HUB CITY: CLASSIC SOUL CONCERT, featuring The Stylistics, The Dramatics, and The Chi Lites on April 5, 2014, at the Forrest County Multi Purpose Center, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. Don't miss the concert that everyone will be talking about for a long time.
So come on out and show your support for the promoter who went to school in Prentiss, Mississippi and who has family in Prentiss and Bassfield, Mississippi. Also, a portion of the proceeds will go to The A.D.H. Foundation,Inc., its mission to introduce kids to careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. Tickets are available at:
; and the following
Killingsworth Barber Shop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Taylor-Harris Drug Store in Gulfport, Mississippi
MC Beauty Supply Store in Collins, Mississippi
Byrd's Music Store in Moss Point, Mississippi
Hair World in Laurel, Mississippi
Venue: Forrest County Multi Purpose Center
Address: 962 Sullivan Rd.
Website URL: http://www.dshentertainmentinc.com
Ticket URL: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/401669
Price: $ 40.00 - 60.00
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- Wesley Chapel AME Church - 234 CR 333, Hattiesburg, MS 39366
- Zion Chapel Ame Church - 621 New Orleans Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401-2066 (601) 583-0331 - (visit website)
- 'Bad Grandpa' Gospel Choir of Hattiesburg (visit website)
- The University of Mississippi Gospel Choir (visit website)
- DSH ENTERTAINMENT, INC. - Category: Entertainment - 962 Sullivan Road Hattiesburg, Mississippi (888) 258-3022 - (visit website)