Despite pervasive racism in the American South during World War II, the USO adhered to its policy to provide a home away from home for all service members. In Hattiesburg, Mississippi, black soldiers at Camp Shelby found a safe place to relax, socialize, and let their guard down at the East 6th Street USO.

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