Smithsonian exhibit comes to Southaven library

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - You can take the entire family on a journey back in time during your next visit to a Mid-South library.

A new exhibit at the M.R. Davis Library in Southaven demonstrates the evolving mobility of a nation through transportation while telling the stories of those who lived it.

For Alvin Yancey, it was a walk down memory lane.

"The history of the people moving west, history of the people settling over here in the beginning, I thought it was very, very good," he said.

The Journey Stories exhibit was brought here by the Mississippi Humanities Council in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution. Library Assistant Branch Manger Linda Willis says everyone should see it, especially children.

"I think it's very important for the children to get a glimpse of who they are and where they came from, and maybe feel a sense of pride," she said

The exhibit chronicles migration and immigration from the days of slavery, to the beginning of life on the rails, to those who still see America as a place of freedom and hope.

Zelma Wilson says it important to know your history.

"If you don't know your history you are bound to redo it, so that's why this type of thing is good to have, so that way they will know people who fought so hard to get these roads built," she said.

The exhibit will be at the library until August 30.  For more information, call 662-342-0102.

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