Program Merges History with Technology

By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art is challenging Biloxi High School students to tell personal stories inspired by Pleasant Reed. Reed was a former slave who built a home and raised his family in Biloxi after the Civil War.

A replica of the Pleasant Reed house is a big part of the museum's new campus and Reed's story is teaching the students about history and giving them a chance to express themselves.

A program called Young Synergy: Self Discovery Through Digital Media, allows the students to conceive, shoot and edit films based on personal experiences.

"We asked them to look at their lives and tell a story about how they overcame something extraordinary," said program coordinator Noel Anderson.

"Some of the films are hilarious yet very serious" said Youth Synergy co-creator Anne Kotleba.  "They had real honesty about putting some of their deep thoughts into it."

The 13 student films will be shown Thursday Afternoon at 2:30 inside Biloxi High School's Lecture Hall.

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