Robert Green, Sr., resident of the Lower Ninth Ward at the breach site of the Industrial Canal where a historic plaque will soon be installed and unveiled. Photo/Sandy Rosenthal
After more than a year of partnership and preparation, work has begun on installing a historic plaque at the breach site of the Industrial Canal.
The pole, installed in a cement block on city property, marks where a historic plaque will be unveiled on Monday August 24 at 6:00 p.m.
An unveiling event will mark the 10th anniversary of the worst civil engineering disaster in the history of the United States.
On August 29, 2005, federal levees designed and built by the Army Corps of Engineers failed during Hurricane Katrina.
The unveiling ceremony will take place at the T-intersection of Jourdan Avenue and N. Johnson Street, New Orleans.
For the past ten years, there has been nothing at the site to commemorate the breach event.
David Ferguson (age 90), a Montford Point Marine, gives the memorial garden a drink. Photo/Renee Carrere
Busloads of visitors from all over the world come every day to the newly opened Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden.
They come to see and touch the site of the London Avenue Canal levee breach. They come to learn how it affected the neighborhood.
They come to learn about all the breaches, all the neighborhoods, all the lives.
They often ask, “How do the neighboring homeowners feel about tour busses rolling through every day.” This is the answer:
“The neighbors love to see people interested in their story. The neighbors are also very engaged in the park upkeep. Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Laugand comes out on Sunday with his kids to water the plants. Kenneth Evans waters on Tuesday and Sidney St. Martin on Thursday.”
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
We are pleased to announce the event marking the 10th anniversary of the worst civil engineering disaster in the history of the United States.
WHO: Levees.org in partnership with the residents of the Lower Ninth Ward
WHAT: Historic plaque unveiling ceremony
WHERE: T-intersection of Jourdan Avenue and N. Johnson Street, New Orleans, the breach site of the Industrial Canal
WHEN: Monday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.
For nearly ten years after the catastrophic breach of the Industrial Canal’s east side, there has been nothing at the site to commemorate the breach event.