By Associated Press - Monday, February 1, 2016

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - An old school-turned-museum in Columbus has been preserving the local community’s African-American history.

WTVA-TV reports ( ) for the past three years, pieces of history have collected inside the R.E. Hunt Museum. The museum features keepsakes and memorabilia from R.E. Hunt High School and Union Academy, as well as a corner dedicated to Tuskegee Airman Alva Temple.

Museum curator Laverne Greene-Leech says Union Academy was the first African-American school in Columbus, Mississippi and Lowndes County. It was there until the 1950s when Hunt became the high school.

Hunt, which was the only high school for blacks in Lowndes County, closed in 2011.

Although the museum is continuing to grow, Greene-Leech encourages people to come visit.

The museum is open every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Information from: WTVA-TV,

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