BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - More than 30,000 people have come through Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art's Katrina +10 exhibit in its six months.
It's taught many lessons, even to the point of redefining the museum's mission.
"It's brought in a lot of people to the museum that would normally never have come here before," said Kevin O'Brien, executive director of the museum. "And that's very, very important to us. I think this whole Katrina plus exhibit has taught us a lesson about really trying to relate to our entire community and to reach them with things that are of real interest to them."
The Katrina +10 exhibit, which features displays from WLOX, The Sun Herald, Mississippi Power, Hands On Mississippi and M-DOT, will be on exhibit for the last time in its present form from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Labor Day. But it may not be the last the Coast will see of it. Museum officials are considering creating a smaller version as a permanent display.
Tammra Cascio of Madison was among the big crowd who gathered Sunday to take in the images.
"It has been overwhelming," she said. "I've found myself completely lost in thought just remembering when that happened."
She came to the Coast after the storm to help people with legal and insurance issues.
"It's quite emotional," Cascio added. "It's bringing back so many memories."
Anthony Wilson moved back to the Coast just three months ago. He left in 2001 but came back to lead the Georgia Power effort to get the lights back on here.
"It was devastating, and you get here, and it puts you back there," he said. "But then it also takes you through the progress that's been made. It's a wonderful exhibit."
Likewise, Coast native Bill Curtis was not here during the storm, but the images and stories have been a necessary documentation for him.
"It's brutally honest," he said. "I saw aerial views of the devastation, but coming here and seeing the close up photographs and the testimony of the people and the willingness to rebuild and the strength they showed here, is pretty amazing."