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History will come to life at Ohr-O'Keefe

OHR-O'KEEFE MUSEUM OF ARTA sculpture by Martin Payton will be part of the Living History event Thursday at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art.
OHR-O'KEEFE MUSEUM OF ARTA sculpture by Martin Payton will be part of the Living History event Thursday at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art.

The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art will present a Living History Museum Series for Black History Month at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The event promises to be a "living time line of black history" with "living wax museum performers" portraying historical figures such as Muhammad Ali and Andrew Goodman as guests travel through the time line.

Poet and JZ 94.5 radio personality Artis Romero Burney said organizers hope the event will create a new tradition to unite, educate and inspire everyone who attends.

"I wanted to do something different," Burney said. "We want people to have fun and be energized. We don't want people to leave sad and depressed. . . . Muhammad Ali was more than just a boxer. He was an activist and so much more."

Martin Luther King Jr. Coastwide Celebration Committee member Romy Simpson said organizers hope the event will be enlightening.

"Our children need the knowledge and the empathy to make a difference," Simpson said. "There's so much history that hasn't been told."

Simpson's children, Luke and Josh, will enact characters in the event.

"'This isn't just Black History Month; this is American history,'" Simpson said her son Luke told her recently.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Ohr-O'keefe Museum, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi and admission is free.

Gary Harrington's Living Art Museum Exhibit will be available for viewing, as well as the Rhythm & Movement: Sculpture Exhibit by Martin Payton.

For information about the Living History Museum Series, contact the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum at 374-5547.

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