It’s 8 years today that Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. In New Orleans, once-displaced Lower Ninth Ward resident Ronald Lewis has collected, in a shed behind his rebuilt home, cultural artifacts — like Mardi Gras photos and regalia — in an effort to keep his culture alive. There’s also a Hurricane Katrina display.
"This collection shows the resilience of the people. We had lost everything, but we didn’t lose hope. So every piece in here is symbolic of that — of people wanting to share in the story of us rising out of the ruins of Katrina and saying, ‘We’re here, we’re back,’ " Lewis says.
His collection is open to the public. It’s called The House of Dance and Feathers.
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