Rare photographs go on display

HATTIESBURG, MS (AP) - Rare photographs from Mississippi's Civil War history will be on display at the African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg starting Feb. 1.

"The Native Guard: A Photographic History of Ship Island's African American Regiment" tells the history of the 2nd Regiment of the Louisiana Native Guards serving on Ship Island in the Mississippi Sound during the Civil War.

The Louisiana Native Guard began as a Confederate regiment of free black men, but when New Orleans fell to Union troops, the regiment disbanded.

In need of reinforcements the Union Army called for all black Confederate soldiers to join. In September 1862, the 1st Regiment of the Louisiana Native Guard was formed.

The collection of 13 photographs is on loan from the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi.

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