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Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary Plaque

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Katrina plaque unveiling
From left to right: H.J. Bosworth, Jr., Bill Waiters, Laura Paul, Rev Willie Calhoun, John Koeferl, Sandy Rosenthal, Linda Jackson, Claude Stewart, Vera McFadden, Rev Charles Duplessis, Kim Ford. Photo/Darryl Malek-Wiley

As we celebrate Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary, on Monday, August 24, 2005, Levees.org in partnership with the residents of the Lower Ninth Ward, will unveil a historic plaque to mark the exact site where the levees breached at the Industrial Canal the day following Hurricane Katrina. The event will mark the 10th anniversary of the worst civil engineering disaster in the history of the United States.

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, the levees protecting one of the city’s historic neighborhoods failed. The failure of the levees on the east side of the Industrial Canal decimated the historic Ninth Ward neighborhood of primarily African-American homeowners in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. This levee breach also contributed to the inundation of the city of New Orleans.

For nearly ten years after the catastrophic Industrial Canal levee breach there has been nothing to mark the site of this devastating event. I live in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward about three blocks from the spot of the breach. I have always been of the opinion that out of reverence the spot should be marked to commemorate the innocent lives that were lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The ceremony will take place at the intersection of Jourdan Avenue and North Johnson Street in New Orleans on Monday, August 24, 2015 from 6 to 7 p.m., and will include local artists including poet Chuck Perkins and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson. A large tent will provide shade.

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