Let nothing be forgotten in this place August 11, 2007Posted by Mark Folse in cryptic envelopment, Dancing Bear, Flood, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street, Uptown, We Are Not OK.
Tags: Jackson Avenue, Magazine Street, Vera Smith
My son has a friend who lives up on Jackson Avenue. I’ve noticed that the shrine to Vera is gone from its spot on Jackson just south of Magazine. There is some realtor’s sign on the property, and I imagine they didn’t think that the remembrance of a victim of the flood lacked what they call on curb appeal.
By removing that memorial that property should be cursed and should never sell unless the memorial is restored.
Je me souviens.
This is the memorial as I found it Nov. 1, 2006, when I left a pot of mums. It contained photographs and a memorial/obituary notice about Vera Smith, who died at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Magazine Street on Tuesday, Aug. 31 2005, the victim of a hit-and-run driver during the frantic evacuation of New Orleans after the Flood. Her body lay on the street for days until neighbors built a rough tomb for her from found bricks and buried here (see photo below).