The Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center is a reconstruction of the original house built by Pleasant Reed in the late 19th century that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A visit to the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center provides a rare opportunity to see how an African American born into slavery persevered in spite of daunting circumstances. Pleasant Reed was not the only individual born a slave who later built his family a house with funds earned in the post-Civil War economy; but his home is one of the few that that can be identified with a particular African American builder and homeowner.
The Board of Trustees of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum is determined to keep honoring the legacy of Pleasant Reed. In 2005 the original home was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. In 2006 the Board voted to build a replica of the house and the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center was dedicated in September 2008.
Compiled from the collection and archives of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in partnership with the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area
For their support, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art would like to thank:
The City of Biloxi
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
State of Mississippi
Mississippi Gulf Coast Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation