Spotlight Story

Name: Lanisha Johnson
Age: 15
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“[At the Convention Center] I was just crying everyday. Asking the Lord to please get us outta here. And at a point I just was like 'We're not going to make it out.' And I don't normally do that. It takes a lot for me to just give up. And it took a lot and I just gave up.“

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The I-10 Witness continues to interview New Orleans residents about their storm related experiences. In conjunction with Xavier University's Department of Communications, we recently completed several rounds of interviews at St. Dominic's Church in Lakeview, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans East and the Uptown Shepard's Center. This week we will also continue to collect stories in Gert Town. Last month, we we're proud to collaborate with Mourning Line Productions and the 78th Street Theater in Manhattan, NY for our first public installation of these narratives. The show was seen by several New Yorkers who continue to visit our website. It is our hope that these types of events can keep this story alive in the hearts and minds of people throughout this country. As always, if you or anyone you know is interested in recording their story or helping to gather stories please contact us through the site as we would be happy to meet with you at your convenience.