Explore the Project: The 1927 Mississippi River Flood


The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 displaced almost three-quarters of a million men, women, and children, caused 247 deaths, and submerged 27,000 square miles of land. African-American communities were especially hard-hit because they comprised 75-percent of the population living in the Delta lowlands, 95-percent of the labor force, and suffered under unequal refugee programs that prioritized employers interests over those of Black laborers. This collection features 124 photographs taken by the Illinois Central Railroad company's flood committee in April, May, and October of 1927 from Memphis, Tennessee through Delhi, Louisiana.

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