Dedication of Historic Plaque set for Monday at 10:30am

The beautiful Historic Plaque is now in place ready to be unveiled.

On Monday, August 23, at ground zero of the 17th Street Canal in Lakeview New Orleans, will unveil its first ever State Historic Plaque.

The traditional Louisiana state plaque, complete with an emblazoned and beloved brown pelican, briefly describes the events surrounding the catastrophic breach of the 17th Street Canal during Katrina.

The plaque was recently approved by the Architectural Historian with the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation, and will be placed on the New Orleans city right-of-way on Bellaire Drive in the Lakeview neighborhood. sees this as the first of many historic plaques to be installed in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish. The group envisions plaques at the London Avenue Canal, the Industrial Canal and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet to name just a few.

What: Dedication Ceremony of Historic Plaque
When: Monday, August 23 at 10:30a
Where: 6932 Bellaire Drive New Orleans (T-intersection of Bellaire and Stafford)

New Orleans Councilwoman Susan Guidry, Council President Arnie Fielkow and Harry Shearer (director of The Big Uneasy to be released August 30) have confirmed they will attend.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Mayor Mitch Landrieu will speak at the Ceremony.

5 responses to “Dedication of Historic Plaque set for Monday at 10:30am”

  1. Andy Cale says:

    could you please get these original lyrics to Sandy Rosenthal:
    I would love for her to hear the tune, I just do not know how to contact her:

    Road Back Home
    Left soaking wet, now dry as a bone
    On the road back home.
    All shut in with the next of my kin
    On the road back home
    Aint no telling what we gonna find
    Whats left of whats left behind
    On the road back home to Louisiana
    Back down to New Orleans
    Lost my way with the LRA
    To the back of the line
    “All clear” say the corp of engineers
    Better get it right this time
    Gotta get back, and I cant wait
    for the very next thing the mayor may or not say
    On the road back home to Louisiana
    Back down to New Orleans
    Dragging up , dragging up
    Where in the world did you drag up
    When they siphoned the city
    Where did you hang to dry
    Dragging up,dragging up
    You got that long lost look in your eye
    When they siphoned the city
    Where did you hang to dry
    Wrapped this state in a roll of red tape
    Can’t take much more
    Allstate man aint got no hands
    Its written all over the wall and the door
    So you can stop the presses and cut the crap
    Hell or high water, we coming back
    Down the road to Louisiana
    Back down to new Orleans

    Andy Cale

  2. Margaret Le Bon says:

    Oh, I’m sooo glad for the plaque.
    Its significance is important to me: memoralizing the event, for those lost, things lost, grieving, and for the rebuilding of community, lives, and discovery of self.

    Thank YOU so much, Ms. Rosenthal, for all the incredible work that you do!

    Margaret “Linda” Le Bon
    125 Stafford Place NOLA 70124

  3. S. Rosenthal says:

    Dear Ms. LeBon,

    We sponsored the plaque for you, your family, your neighbors, your fellow Americans, and for humanity.

    We are very glad you like it. But this is the first. We plan to sponsor more such plaques. And we hope other neighborhoods may be moved to initiate sponsoring such a plaque.


  4. Susan B. says:

    Does anyone know what the inscription on the plaque says?


    Susan B.

  5. S. Rosenthal says:

    Dear Susan,

    Here is the inscription of the Plaque.


    On August 29, 2005, a federal floodwall
    atop a levee on the 17th Street Canal, the
    largest and most important drainage
    Canal for the city, gave way here Causing
    flooding that killed hundreds. This breach
    was one of 50 ruptures in the Federal Flood
    Protection System that occurred that day.
    In 2008, the US District Court Eastern
    District of Louisiana placed responsibility
    for this floodwall’s collapse squarely on
    the US Army Corps of Engineers; however,
    the agency is protected from financial
    liability in the Flood Control Act of 1928.

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