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Hazlehurst Depot Museum getting inside face-lift

MUSEUM COMMITTEE – Mayor Banks appointed local artisans to help with the effort to revamp the Depot Museum. Pictured from the left are Rodger Berry, Lisa Scruggs, Randall Day, Dr. Jim Brewer, and Jarrod Milloy, HHS History Teacher. Daphine Foster is not pictured.

By Bonnie L. Jackson
News Editor

The Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame is offering to establish a Mississippi Music Museum at the Hazlehurst Depot.
The project will include a consultation on layout at the depot; memorabilia including a large number of posters, photos, album cover art and display items, use of a 45 minute documentary entitled Mississippi, Birthplace of America’s Music  ($80,000 production), assistance in organizing local project committees and volunteers and assistance in publicity efforts.
The only cost envisioned would be for four Samsung 22” TV sets at a cost of $200 each for a total of $800. These units would be used for viewing four segments of the documentary.
Mississippi music related gifts and maps will be available for purchase. This would include handmade art, instruments, books, DVDs, and CDs.
“Local involvement is vital to the success of this project,” stated Dr. Jim Brewer, Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame Executive Director.
To that end, local artisans such as Rodger Berry, known for his one-of-a-kind guitars and his electrical work, and Lisa Scruggs, a design expert, will help Dr. Brewer determine the best layout.
Jarrod Milloy will work to include student from local schools in the project.  Both as participants who tour the museum, but also  by contributing school projects.
Dr. Brewer has already received contributions to defray the cost of the tvs.
The group met for the first time last week.

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