On Monday, August 24, 2015, we unveiled our third historic plaque, this time in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans.
Guests Pastor Brandon Haynes, Fairview Baptist Church, Pastor Charles Duplessis, Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church, Rev Willie Calhoun, Lower Ninth Ward Coalition, Robert Green, lifelong Lower Ninth Ward resident, Ms. Kim Ford, Lower 9th Ward Advocate, Happy Johnson, educator and author and Burnell Cotlon, veteran.
Artists included Chuck Perkins, poet and talk show host, Bishop Jones and Justified Choir, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson Brandon Conerly who sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing”and the Troop Brass Band which led a second line when the event concluded.
On Monday, August 24, 2015, we unveiled our third historic plaque, this time in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood.
NPR featured our plaque unveiling ceremony in a wonderful story on the national Morning Edition news program.
A Levees.org supporter texted me from Boise today to tell me that while she was in the tire shop, the story played on the radio. Afterward, the tire technician remarked that “he was really taken by the point that the city was flooded by the Corps of Engineers not a hurricane.”
This is evidence that the vetted facts about the flood are becoming mainstream.
Listen to the 2-minute story and you will hear Al Carnival Time Johnson singing “Lower Ninth Ward Blues.”
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 credit: Mark Ford. CLICK TO ENLARGE
WHAT: Historic plaque unveiling ceremony
WHO: Levees.org in partnership with the residents of the Lower Ninth Ward
WHERE: T-intersection of Jourdan Avenue and N. Johnson Street, New Orleans
WHEN: Monday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.
Today, Levees.org will host an unveiling ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the worst civil engineering disaster in U.S. history.
The residents of the Lower Ninth Ward and Levees.org will unveil a historic plaque that is both a commemoration of a pivotal moment in history and a memorial to those lost.