Katrina Exhibit Opens To The Public

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- It's been more than two years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Now there's an exhibit displaying the resilience of people throughout South Mississippi.

Wednesday afternoon marked the opening of the first ever Katrina Exhibit. The exhibit tells the stories of love, hope and strength.

"We knew from the time that we could even think clearly after the storm that all of this had to be documented," says Carole Lynn Meadows, one of the organizers of the exhibit.

"These pictures tell the story of our recovery. It tells the story of who we are as a people. That when it really got tough, we dug down deep in our souls and our hearts and said we will stand again," Meadows said.

Meadows is with the Gulfport Main Street Association. She and several other members are the brains behind the museum. Now, after months of hard work and dedication, they are hoping it will serve as a source of therapy to understand what happened August 29, 2005.

"These photographs document. They don't celebrate the storm, they document the storm," says Gulfport Fire Chief Pat Sullivan.

Sullivan is one of the photographers whose art is displayed throughout the exhibit.

"I've only captured what was there and God gave me a talent to do this," Sullivan said.

Chief Sullivan says the exhibit displays the courage and the recovery of the coast. Now he hopes the photos will set a benchmark and provide hope for the future.

The Katrina Exhibit is on the west end of Hancock Bank. It is open to the public during regular business hours.

Sponsors of the museum include: WLOX, Hancock Bank, Mississippi Power Company, Sun Herald, City of Gulfport, Haynes Electric, Roy Anderson Corp, Lori Gordon, Pat Sullivan and Wal-Mart. Sponsors are working to make the exhibit a permanent museum.