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Library exhibit highlights state's exceptional women


Special to The Dispatch



A former slave turned international concert performer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a five-time Olympian -- these are just three of the 32 women included in the exhibit "Inspiring the next Generation: Exceptional Mississippi Women" at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library through Feb. 24. 


This traveling exhibit, produced by the Museum Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH), introduces audiences to women who changed the history of the state and the nation.  


"Learn about women of Mississippi active in civil rights, education reform, women suffrage, and government, as well as those who excelled in performance, art, literature, and athletics," stated library archivist Mona Vance. 


The library will also showcase supplemental exhibits highlighting the numerous contributions of African-American women from across the nation in honor of February''s Black History Month. Included in the exhibit are women such as Dr. Irene Duhart Long, head of the Biomedical Office of Florida''s Kennedy Space Center; Marian Anderson, an American contralto; and Dorothy Height, founder of the Black Family Reunion Celebration, an annual event to celebrate African-American families. 


For more information about this or other traveling exhibits, contact the Museum Division of MDAH at 601-576-6800.



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