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Fri, Jun 17


Margaret Sherry Public Library

Biloxi Story - Gathering Session

Biloxi Story - Gathering Session
Biloxi Story - Gathering Session

Time & Location

Jun 17, 2022, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Margaret Sherry Public Library, 2141 Popp's Ferry Rd, Biloxi, MS 39532, USA

About The Event

As part of its ongoing Bearing Witness project, the Museum is capturing Gulf Coast stories about memory, resilience, loss, and rebirth in nature and society as the nation moves toward recovery from COVID-19. Story excerpts will be preserved for posterity in a new Museum publication. 

The Biloxi Story - Gathering Session will be held on Friday, June 17 from 11AM-1PM at the Margaret Sherry Public Library in Biloxi, MS (2141 Popps Ferry Rd). Free to the public.

TELL YOUR STORY: Sign up for a 20-minute time slot by contacting Jennifer Nelson at Space is limited.


The Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) presents Bearing Witness, an initiative to foster dialogue about the realities of death, memory, and rebirth in nature and society as the nation moves toward recovery from COVID-19. The project, in partnership with coastal libraries and communities, is composed of: 1) an exhibition exploring death in nature, and related programs; 2) an oral history program to capture and preserve intergenerational community members’ reflections on death and remembrance; and 3) a new publication placing artworks from the exhibition in conversation with community narratives, distributed to libraries statewide as a record of this period of recovery and catharsis.

WAMA is organizing approximately ten story-gathering events at libraries, senior centers, and other community spaces, in partnership with library systems, municipalities, and social service organizations. At these events, program “listeners” will record conversations with community members, asking open-ended questions such as: “Can you tell us a story about someone or something that you have lost?”, “How do you want to be remembered?”. 

Two student fellows from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College are receiving stipends and training to serve as listener-fellows for this project.

This program is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in partnership with the Mississippi Library Commission, the Harrison County Library System, and others.

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