Alcorn opens exhibit on the Mississippi River Flood of 1927(2)

Alcorn opens exhibit on the Mississippi River Flood of 1927

“A River Unleashed: the 1927 Mississippi River Flood”, an exhibit that details this catastrophic event through photographs and maps, opened on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the J. D. Boyd Library at Alcorn State University and will end Wednesday, October 31, 2012. This exhibit is located in the entrance of the library.

The 1927 Mississippi River flood, one of the nation’s worst natural disasters, devastated the Mississippi River Valley. Floodwaters inundated over 26,000 square miles of land in seven states. The flood displaced over 700,000, killed hundreds, and forced thousands to rely on relief provided by agencies such as the Red Cross. Unfortunately, the quality and quantity of the aid were often determined along racial lines. Out of the chaos would come the comprehensive flood control plan for the lower Mississippi region, under the responsibility of the federal government.

Fifteen free-standing panels contain powerful photographs and maps that illustrate this catastrophe and its long-term effects on Mississippi and the lower river valley.

For more information about this exhibit please contact the Museum Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Traveling Exhibits Program, contact the museum at 601-576-6800.