BILOXI -- This year, Preservation in May will have a bonus program June 2 with re-enactors telling of the sinking of the Biloxi shrimp boat Emma Harvey 100 years ago.
Few cities treasure history as Biloxi does, and each year Preservation in May provides a new take on the city's history. This year's free programs are all on Thursdays. They include:
May 5, "Voices: An Introduction to Oral History": 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Biloxi Public Library, 580 Howard Ave. Participants will be introduced to the concept and importance of oral history projects for families and get how-to instructions. Refreshments will be served.
May 12, "The Roll Call: Biloxi Wade-in Memorial & Tribute Ceremony": Begins at 5 p.m. at Frank Gruich Community Center, 591 Howard Ave. Recalls the men, women, and children who stood up for equality in Biloxi the late 1950s and '60s and fought to de-segregate the beach. The program will feature presentations by former Gov. William Winters, other dignitaries and witnesses to the protests. Hancock Bank will make a presentation to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. A reception will follow the program.
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May 19, "Historic East Howard Avenue Walking Tour": Begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Biloxi Library/Civic Center courtyard at 578 Howard Ave. Participants will learn about the eclectic architecture and some of the colorful people who lived in what is the city's newest National Register Historic District. Tours will be followed by refreshments and displays at the Biloxi Library.
May 26, Biloxi Historical Preservation Awards program: Begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd. A reception will follow.
June 2, recalls the 100th anniversary of the Sinking of the Emma Harvey: Bonus program begins at 5 p.m. in the Parish Life Center at St. Michael Catholic Church, 177 First St. The Biloxi shrimp boat was lost with all hands when a hurricane hit the Coast with no warning. A Mass at 6 p.m. will honor all local fishermen lost at sea.
Preservation in May is organized annuallly by the city of Biloxi, Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, Biloxi Main Street District, Biloxi Public School District, University of Southern Mississippi and Local History and Genealogy Department of the Biloxi Public Library. A commemorative gift will be given at the May 26 program to those who have their "Passport through History" stamped at three of the four programs.