Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wordless Wednesday
Awaiting Relief Boat on Mississippi River
circa 1897

Awaiting the relief boat on the Miss. River April 2nd, 1897.
April 2, 1897
Greenville, MS

Dedicated to those suffering through devastating weather disasters.

Credit: Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History

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  2. Hope they got some relief and were able to start over. There have always been disasters. Sigh.

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    1. They were young and healthy, they probably were able to recover.

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  3. Whew, natural disasters are so awful--both then and now. I keep looking at the expressions on the people's faces in the photo.

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    1. You can see the concern on the adult faces, they are all focused in one direction. The sleeping child caught my eye.

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  5. I saw a documentary on PBS called Fatal flood ow the black people got screwed over in Greenville after 1927 flood. The white people gave them the worst of the food supplies to eat like molasses while the white people ate good. Also made blacks pay for relief supplies although it was given free from the Red Cross. Also with the flood approaching they held black people at gunpoint making them work like dogs sandbagging for no pay. White cop shot a black man for refusing to unload a RC truck.

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    1. One of the impetus for the Great Migration was the flood of 1927. Natural disasters didn't matter when it came to keeping the Jim Crow laws of segregation.

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