"Biloxi, Harrison County, MS. Monday, September 19, 2005. Ruins of first floor of Jefferson Davis Presidential Library. Looking north toward 150-seat theater."
On August 29, 2005, Katrina made landfall on the Mississippi-Louisiana state line as a strong category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 125mph and minimum central pressure the third lowest on record (920mb). Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, and Long Beach, Mississippi bore the brunt of Katrina's force, though central Gulf Coast cities such as Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Pascagoula, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana, received significant damage. It had diminished only to a cat. 1 hurricane (wind speeds of 75mph or greater) when it reached central Mississippi later that day.
The collection consists of 103 color photographs taken by MDAH Graphic Records Curator Jeff Rogers that document Hurricane Katrina's destructive path through the Mississippi Gulf Coast and central Mississippi. Photographs show damage to civic, commercial, religious, and residential structures between August 29 and September 27, 2005.