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Katrina - Mississippi Women Remember


Mississippi Women Remember

Photographs by Melody Golding
Edited by Sally Pfister
Hardcover : 9781578069569, 176 pages, 70 b&w photographs, June 2007

Haunting, firsthand accounts and photographs from the aftermath of the hurricane


Late in the summer of 2005 following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a Vicksburg resident and noted photographer, Melody Golding, visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a Red Cross volunteer. Carrying supplies and a camera, Golding began keeping a photographic journal of the days after the storm. Golding felt that her images, representing a year-long chronicle of the aftermath, needed to be shared with the world beyond the coast.

Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember provides uncommonly personal insights into the life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. This book combines eighty-six of Golding’s striking black-and-white photographs with more than fifty firsthand accounts of Mississippi women, members of the Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, friends of the committee, and survivors of the storm.

Despite desperate circumstances but with great generosity of spirit, these witnesses to one of the greatest natural disasters in North American history recorded their experiences with a broad diversity of voices. Featured contributors include Ellen Gilchrist, whose residence in Ocean Springs suffered damage, and Mary Anderson Pickard, whose home Katrina destroyed.

In her foreword to this volume, Gladys Kemp Lisanby states her vision for the project. “We hope that this record of a difficult time in the history of our beloved state will serve a higher purpose to mold and shape the future of us, as well as those who follow along in years to come. ”

These thoughtful and touching accounts join with the photographs in telling a remarkable story of courage and endurance. Together they paint a mesmerizing picture of this unforgettable chapter in Mississippi history. Royalties from book sales will aid Mississippi State Committee artist members.