Hurricane Clean-up Sign

Description
No sooner had Katrina departed New Orleans in August 2005 than waves of hurricane clean-up signs went up in neighborhoods hard-hit by the storm, offering house-gutting services, mold removal, drywall replacement, and even building removal. The work was hazardous, involving the mucking out of homes and the handling of mountains of demolition debris and sodden household belongings. Many homeowners undertook their own clean-up, but much was performed by immigrant laborers attracted to the region by the promise of hard work and good wages.
The scrubbing away of the tell-tale oily high-water mark was one of the most visible challenges of the clean-up effort. Some property owners regarded this mark as a badge of survival and protect it as evidence of what they endured in 2005. Most, however, opted for the cleansing away of this stain, a bitter reminder of the terrible tide that rose in New Orleans when the levees fell.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sign
Associated Date
2005-08-2005-09
Physical Description
plastic, "coroplast" (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 30.5 cm x 61 cm x .5 cm; 12 in x 24 in x 3/16 in
Place Made
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
referenced
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
United States: Louisiana
ID Number
2006.3059.11
catalog number
2006.3059.11
nonaccession number
2006.3059
subject
Advertising
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Industry & Manufacturing
Work
National Treasures exhibit
event
Hurricane Katrina
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

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