Flood of 1927 Commemoration - 90 Years Since the Disaster
Event Date: April 25th, 2017
East Baton Rouge Parish Library - Bluebonnet Branch
9200 Bluebonnet Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
The Friends of the Atchafalaya will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the Bluebonnet Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.
Dr. Ray Brassieur will reprise his commemoration of the 1927 Flood presentation given recently at the Jeanerette Museum. This year is the 90th anniversary of the great disaster that marked an important turning point in the history of the Atchafalaya Basin.
One of the goals of the Friends of the Atchafalaya is to bring attention to the challenges faced in the historic Atchafalaya Basin, from the Teche Ridge to the eastern terrace of the Mississippi River. This is the floodplain and its inhabitants that were affected by the 1927 Flood. The group has worked with the Jeanerette Museum, volunteers and FOA partners Gail and Donovan Garcia, and members of the Jeanerette community to reexamine the Great Flood, using the eyes and words of contemporary photographers, correspondents, and eyewitness participants, and relaying stories from descendants of the people affected by one of the longest-lasting natural disasters in the history of the U.S.