"Tornado scene, Dec. 5, 1953. Miss. Hardware Co. and Ben Warren, clothing, side wall of Jabour Bros' clothing, standing. Washington & South Sts. No.one killed in hardware store, Kay Warren killed in Ben Warrens."
This subset of Series 2323 (Corps of Engineers Records) consists of eleven photographs taken after a deadly tornado swept through downtown Vicksburg on December 5, 1953. The storm cost the city of Vicksburg thirty-eight of its citizens, injured 270 more, and left 1,200 homeless ("Twist of Fate, Dec. 5, 1953," by Leslie Criss and Rhonda Smith, Vicksburg Evening Post, December 5, 1993). The images document the destruction on the following streets: Adams Street, Levee Street, Mulberry Street, Openwood Street, and Washington Street. The image captions were transcribed from the verso of the original photographs.