History was made in Biloxi this week. The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum finally opened. Back in the early 1990s, the dream of an Ohr museum began. In fact the museum back in 2005 was about a year from completion when Hurricane Katrina leveled the east end of Biloxi and destroyed the complex. Since then, the Ohr-O'Keefe board has rallied and overcome numerous obstacles and now the fruit of their labor is being harvested.
The museum is important for numerous reasons. One it will draw thousands of tourists a year to the coast. The architect for the complex is Frank Gehry, probably the most famous architect of our time. Where ever he does a project his unique style brings attention to the area.
Couple that with the unique art of George Ohr and you have a sure winner. Hopefully the museum will bring other development to the east end of Biloxi. That area Katrina flattened, has been slow to come back.
We as a community now need to get behind the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum and talk it up to our friends and relatives. Having an art treasure like this in our own back yard is something we need to take advantage of today and for years to come.
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