Inauguration of the exhibition “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America”

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For the next six weeks, the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” ​​is free at the Pascagoula High School Performing Arts Center.

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Pascagoula-Gautier School District hosted the grand opening and grand opening of the exhibit tonight.

In addition to the replica Washington DC Smithsonian exhibit, a local exhibit traces the history of voting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

More than a year of work has gone into the collaborative effort of local historians and community members to include voter rolls and video interviews of local residents who remember the first time they were able to vote. at the age of 18.

Families can visit the exhibition for free throughout September 20e Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours on Tuesday. Jackie Elly, President of Pascagoula Negro/Carver HS Alumni Association, said, “So many people don’t know what happened and when it happened and when they come to see this exhibit, it’s a process of ‘learning. History books don’t tell the story, but a story is told and it’s live, it’s real, it happened and it will continue to happen.

Representative Jeramey Anderson spoke about the importance of the vote and the power to make your voice heard.

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