Tips On Travel
Sept/Oct 2008 Issue

Reed center to open in Biloxi

The Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center, located on the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (OOMA) campus in Biloxi, will open Sept. 29 with a ceremony befitting the building’s history and the lives of its owners.

The center interprets the lives of Reed, a former slave, and his family. Born in 1854, Reed eventually built the home that was claimed by Hurricane Katrina. The center is a replica of his home. It interprets how a black family of limited means lived in Biloxi during the early 20th century.

To celebrate the opening, the Delta Sigma Theta sorority will conduct a traditional sankofa, a candlelight ceremony from Ghana that looks to the past while anticipating the future. Many blacks were taken from that African country during the slavery era. The free event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The center will be open by appointment and offer two exhibits and a film about Reed and his family. While construction on the OOMA east campus continues, the museum’s transitional location is at 1596 Swetman St. Call (228) 374-5547 or visit for more information.

Pleasant Reed
Pleasant Reed and his wife, Georgia. OOMA photos

Eat well while traveling

Taking a vacation doesn’t have to require leaving a sensible eating plan at home. AAA Tourism Editor Jean Marie Principe anonymously visits hundreds of restaurants in a year to gather information used in AAA TourBooks®. She offers these tips to leisure and business travelers for eating right while on the road.

  • The way of the buffet. Many AAA approved hotels offer a breakfast buffet in the price of the room. Skip the pastries and select items like yogurt, fresh fruit or oatmeal.
  • Portion control is important. As soon as you’ve had enough, as the waiter to remove the plate.
  • Navigate through the free hotel treats like chocolate and cookies. As the housekeeping staff for an extra bottle of water instead.
eating well
Make healthy food choices like seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables while traveling.

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