New Orleans' Black Heritage Is a Storm Victim





Black historians, such as Karen Huff of La Mesa, are trying to preserve as much as possible.

As chairwoman of the Black Historical Society of San Diego, Huff traveled to New Orleans within days of Hurricane Katrina and stayed for a week, documenting the damage to historic buildings, neighborhoods and communities.

With an assistant, she returned to San Diego with 400 photos that will become part of America's black history. They recorded oral tales of survival in the storm and the resettlement of thousands of New Orleanians to Detroit, Houston and other cities.


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