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The Arts / Cultural Sites


1. Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum
Find out more about this gala multi-cultural festival in one of the oldest places to hold it each each year; Mon-Sat 11a-4p; admission $2 adults, $1 students/senior citizens; 119 Rue Magnolia, 800-245-6943 or 228-435-6245

2. Community Bridges
Formerly the Coconut Grove Nightclub, it is now an cultural arts center that caters primarily to Black youth with talent and passion in the art, music and theatre; also has a small collection of historical information about Black Biloxi; 260 Main Street; 228-436-7699

3. Ohr O'Keefe Museum
In addition to other works, this museum features works African American paintings and sculptures by local and national artists; a new center is being built as part of the museum complex which will host only African American art; 136 George Ohr Street; 228-374-5547

4. Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum
An interesting look at the Maritime industry in the region; Mon-Sat 9a-4:30p; $3 Adults & $2 Children/Seniors;15 First Street, 228-435-6320;

Bay St. Louis

1. Richmond Barthe Mural
This mural is an assortment of art about the work of the late Dr Richmond Barthe, a famous sculptor from Bay St. Louis, painted by local and renowned artist Joseph Pearson; Barthe's successes include garnering the Julius Rosenwald Fund Fellowship Award and an exhibition at the 1993 Chicago World's Fair; today his work includes many statues throughout the U.S. including a sculpture for the Social Security Building in Washington, DC, and private collections in many countries; side of the City Hall Annex; 800-466-9048

2. Sacred Heart Shrine
Welcoming and saying goodbye to travelers entering and departing the Mississippi Gulf Coast from the east and west built by African American bricklayer Thaddeus S. Boucree; this shrine faces Beach Blvd (Highway 90), and is at the entrance to the grounds of St. Augustine Catholic Church and Seminary; Highway 90/Beach Blvd; 228-467-6414

3. Marian and Agony Grotto
On the grounds of St. Augustine Catholic Church and Seminary, this structure was designed by Thaddeus S. Boucree, a spiritual and artistically gifted bricklayer; inside, the grotto are statues depicting numerous scenes from the Bible; 199 Seminary Drive; 228-467-6414

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