Hurricane Betsy Survivor Stories


Size: 5 interviews on 7 recordings

Time period covered: 1950s - 2003

Dates of interviews: 2003

Principal Interviewers: Nilima Mwendo

Finding Aids: Abstracts

Audio Availability: MP3

Processing Status: All interviews are cataloged

Access Restrictions: None

Description: Nilima Mwendo conducted these interviews in 2003 with residents of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward who survived Hurricane Betsy when it made landfall on September 9, 1965. Interviews focus on the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood from the 1930s and 40s, when the area was only partially developed and rural, to the early 2000s. Interviewees discuss their experiences during the hurricane, the evacuation of the neighborhood, disaster relief from the state and federal government and Red Cross, and the hardships they and other residents encountered in the months and years they spent rebuilding their homes and lives after they returned to the neighborhood. Interviewees describe the neighborhood before Betsy and discuss changes in the community after the storm. Several interviewees also discuss social activism and advocacy for the neighborhood in the 1960s and 70s.

Interview Abstracts

Lucille Duminy

Ida Belle Joshua

Dolores Parker

Dorothy Prevost

Lucy Thomas

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