• Created Date
  • 1927
  • Description
  • In the spring of 1927, after weeks of unusually heavy rains, the Mississippi River and its tributaries breached levees causing massive and widespread flooding throughout the Mississippi River Valley. At the time, it was the worst flood in history of the valley. An area of 27,000 miles was affected and it is estimated that as many as a thousand people lost their lives and one million were left homeless.Prior to the flood, in Greenville, Mississ... more
    In the spring of 1927, after weeks of unusually heavy rains, the Mississippi River and its tributaries breached levees causing massive and widespread flooding throughout the Mississippi River Valley. At the time, it was the worst flood in history of the valley. An area of 27,000 miles was affected and it is estimated that as many as a thousand people lost their lives and one million were left homeless.Prior to the flood, in Greenville, Mississippi and other areas, tens of thousands of African Americans were relocated to camps on levees and the men were forced to work for little or no pay. On April 16th, when the flooding began, many African Americans were killed when Greenville levee collapsed. One week later, thirteen thousand African Americans were still stranded on the Greenville levee. less
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    Scanned from a photographic print using a Microtek Scanmaker 9800XL at 300 dpi in JPEG format at compression rate 6 and resized to 768x590 ppi. 2009