August marks 50 years since Hurricane Camille made landfall along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
To mark the anniversary, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum has put together a brand new exhibit called ‘Camille at 50.’ The doors to the exhibit will open June 1st and stay open all hurricane season.
People will be able to see a collection of photos, newspapers, furniture made by Wade Guice, whose grandfather was a prominent figure in helping with hurricane efforts, and an interactive exhibit that will be a remake of the AT&T phone banks. Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum Outreach Coordinator Corey Christy said, “So, after the storm, the only way to communicate was through these phone banks. There was one over on Howard Avenue. There was one at the Gulf Coast Community College campus, but you had to stand in line for hours and wait to make phone calls out. So, we are going to have phones just like the ones they used then, but whenever you pick them up there are going to be stories of people who survived the storm and gave their depositions to the county.”
They also had a mural painted on an area of the museum that faces Highway 90 depicting the Coast’s come back after the storm.