Ohr to Launch Huge Katrina Exhibition in March

This time next month –on March 20th, –the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art will launch “Katrina +10,” a six month retrospective about Hurricane Katrina featuring the award winning efforts of the Sun Herald, WLOX, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Hands On Mississippi, and Mississippi Power Co., the company that brought in 12,000 workers from across the country to restore electricity to south Mississippi within 12 days after the storm.

The multi-media exhibit, sponsored by Hancock Bank, will be open daily and will feature dozens of special events, including luncheons with community leaders from across South Mississippi, and such key figures as former Gov. Haley Barbour, former Sen. Trent Lott, and award-winning journalist Kathleen Koch, a Bay St. Louis native and former CNN correspondent.

The Ohr-O’Keefe announced the ambitious undertaking — more than three dozen community events in all — during a lunchtime preview at the east Biloxi museum’s welcome center. The exhibit is also being supported by Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Walmart, C Spire, and the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce.

The museum hopes between 50,000 and 100,000 visitors see the exhibit and special events during the six-month run.
“This is the first major undertaking of this museum since we moved past our own construction phase,” said Ohr-O’Keefe director Kevin O’Brien. “And make no mistake: ‘Katrina +10′ is going to be emotional, thought-provoking and moving. More importantly, we will advance the story. We’re going to remind ourselves how far we’ve come. We’re going to show the rest of the country and the millions of visitors that we have here each year just how remarkable the story of south Mississippi really is.

“We have gathered some of the most inspirational stories and storytellers of the Katrina experience, and we’ve put together a great lineup of speakers and special programs. We want everyone to join us on this epic journey, and it begins March 20th and run through Labor Day.”

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