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“A River Unleashed: The 1927 Mississippi River Flood,” an exhibit documenting a catastrophic chapter in American history, was displayed on the third floor of MSU Libraries from May 08 through June 13, 2008.

Through its detailed maps and powerful photographs, the exhibit told the story of one of the nation’s greatest natural disasters, the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River. Devastating 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 federal government’s first comprehensive flood control plan for the lower Mississippi River region.

Featuring fifteen free-standing panels, the exhibit was produced by the Museum of Mississippi History, a Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. For more information about this exhibit and other events at MSU Libraries, contact Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559.

Photo by the late Limerick McRae, 1927
North Washington Street
Vicksburg, MS

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