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Perkinston, Mississippi
Rescuing Mississippi Heritage After Hurricane Katrina
On August 17, 1969, Hurricane Camille destroyed all but the bell tower of the 1891 brick Church of the Redeemer. Between the tower and the rebuilt wooden church, a Camille Memorial was established consisting of slabs of marble containing the names of the dead set about a pool. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the tower, the church, and shattered the memorial tablets. Photo from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College C.C. “Tex” Hamill Down South Magazine Collection.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In addition to extreme loss of life and property in Mississippi and neighboring Louisiana, the hurricane damaged and destroyed a great deal of the region’s cultural treasures. In the months and years after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, the NEH awarded more than $2 million in emergency grants to rescue and preserve artwork, books, manuscripts, archival records, and other cultural artifacts.

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