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Our Museum Hours Are:

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

We hope everyone is staying safe by washing your hands, remaining 6 feet apart, wearing your masks and staying home if you are sick!

We will continue to take the following precautions here at the museum with our volunteers and visitors:

  • All volunteers are required to wear a mask.
  • Volunteers will sanitize and disinfect shared services and artifacts frequently.
  • Volunteers are also required to wash their hands as soon as they enter the museum.

We also recommend our visitors wear a mask to enter and stay 6 feet apart while also sanitizing upon arrival. 

At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security

Click for link to CDC COVID-19 Updates & Guidelines
September 2, 2020

Heritage House Renovations

Renovations on the Heritage House (Shotgun House) will begin on September 14, 2020. 

The exhibit located on the southeast corner of Pettis Park was donated to the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum in 2003 by the Willie Hines family of New Smyrna Beach. It is used to display historic artifacts and demonstrate lifestyles of rural families in the turn of the 19th Century. Mr. Winston Byfield, retired builder, is volunteering to supervise the project. 

Some committed volunteers are:

  1. Allen Harrell
  2. Billy Graham
  3. Dwayne Jones
  4. Elton Smith
  5. Eric T. Preston
  6. Willie Pop Mitchell
  7. Winston Byfield
September Black History Facts

1. September 8th, 1957: Althea Gibson (Tennis Champion) becomes the first black athlete to win a US National Tennis Championship.

2. September 12, 1992: Dr Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space when she launched from the Kennedy Center.

3. September 12, 1947: Jackie Robinson, first black Major League Baseball player named National League Rookie of the year. 

4. September 18, 1895: Booker T. Washington gave an address to the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition which became known as the "Atlanta Compromise Speech."

5. September 18, 1850: Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law, the act that required slaves be returned to their owners, even if they were in a free state.  

    September 2, 2020

    Lydia Pettis Exhibit

    Lydia Pettis (1899 - 1981)

    Pettis Park named in her honor, also awarded the President Letter of Commendation by Richard Nixon in 1973. 

    Founder of Forgotten Christmas Tree, Christian Women's Alliance and Minerva Library.

    Courtesy of the Minerva Library Community Center and The Christian Women Alliance of New Smyrna Beach. 

    Become A MSHBHM Member!

    Due to the pandemic, the Museum will not be holding the Annual Meet & Greet Membership Event. 


    Board Members Zoom Meeting

    There will be a virtual meeting for the Board of Directors on September 9th, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Please contact Jimmy Harrell if you have any comments/concerns. 

    Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum

    314 N Duss Street, New Smyrna Beach
    FL 32168 United States

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