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100 Years of Culture

  • Harlem Renaissance Weekend

    Harlem Renaissance Weekend

    The MS Coast National Heritage Area awarded the Hall a grant to tell the story of its hundred years through four significant eras. The Ancestors Weekend in June 2022 and the Chitlin Circuit Weekend in October 2022 provided the foundation...

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  • A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS

    A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS

    On Saturday, December 10, 2022, the 100 Men Hall held its annual A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS and oh, what delight! To see all the kids in here playing games, winning toys, doing a cakewalk, eating a hot breakfast, and able to take a pic...

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  • Three Girls in the Mural

    Three Girls in the Mural

    Three Girls in the Mural By Maurice Singleton The 100 Men Hall has an incredible history that includes the hosting of iconic rhythm and blues performances by James Brown, Eartha Kitt, Joe Tex, Joe Simon, The Neville Brothers and many...

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  • Many Rivers to Cross

    Many Rivers to Cross

    The Hall's dance floor was the most crowded I had seen in a while, and these old wooden floors have seen some crowds. I tapped Curtis and told him to dance with me because I heard the band cueing up for a...

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  • 100 Years at 100 Men Hall

    100 Years at 100 Men Hall

    This article was first published in the MS Coast National Heritage Area magazine here. https://issuu.com/mscoastnha/docs/ms_coast_nha_newsletter_spring2022?fbclid=IwAR1YOZQiTi8K3zLyjgId0VZi_89wp0huDFVbsUQ8KJitERvb54p_OIeQrSQ 100 years ago, the vision of 12 civic-minded men became a reality when the doors of 100 Men Hall opened in Bay St. Louis. Not...

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  • 100 Men Hall the First Century

    100 Men Hall the First Century

    The First Century was originally published in the BSL Shoofly here. https://www.bslshoofly.com/archives/100-men-hall-the-first-century 100 Men Hall the First Century This year marks the 100 Men Hall’s centennial, quite a feat for a building that has survived Jim Crow, segregation, Hurricanes Camille,...

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  • The Rise of the DJs in the Bay.

    The Rise of the DJs in the Bay.

    The Rise of the DJs in the Bay was originally published in BSL Shoofly here. https://www.bslshoofly.com/archives/the-rise-of-djs-in-the-bay As Bay Saint Louis goes, so goes the nation. At least, when it comes to the rise of DJ and Disco culture. Four decades...

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  • Juke Joints of Bay Saint Louis

    Juke Joints of Bay Saint Louis

    This article originally appeared in the BSL Shoofly here. The Juke Joints of Bay Saint Louis https://www.bslshoofly.com/archives/the-juke-joints-of-bay-saint-louis “Musically speaking, the Jook is the most important place in America. For in its smelly shoddy confines has been born the secular music...

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  • Ancestors Weekend

    Ancestors Weekend

    When the pandemic shut us down in March 2020. we had an exciting year of music and cultural events that suddenly vanished off of our calendar. Then in October 2020, when Hurricane Zeta sent a tornado to tear off our roof,...

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  • A Blues Chronicle

    A Blues Chronicle

      A BLUES CHRONICLE Click to watch the FILM During the month of June 2022, Tin Shed artist in residence Jimbo Mathus and local artist Dale Pohl offered a month-long community (free) workshop for 25 children, ages 7-20 at the 100...

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  • Bring Your Own Chair

    Bring Your Own Chair

    I love this photograph taken March 1963 of Harry Fairconnetue walking into the Hall with his chair in his hand. Look at his expression - he is happy, among friends, and looking forward to a good time. I don't know what...

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