Louisiana State University

The Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies



The Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies

at Louisiana State University presents a special screening of

"The BellSouth Group": Firefighters in

New Orleans East, August 28-September 4, 2005

Friday, June 16, 7:30pm
LSU Campus: Energy, Coast and Environment Building on Nicholson Extension at Nicholson.
Free and open to the public

During Hurricane Katrina, 33 members of two New Orleans Fire Department platoons rode out the storm in the BellSouth Building in New Orleans East. Operator Richard McCurley, promoted to Captain after the storm, shot and edited video footage of these platoons' activities during the hurricane and in the rescue operations that followed. His film, "The "BellSouth Group," offers a unique glimpse into the experiences of rescuers and evacuees during those tumultuous days.

Tragically, Captain McCurley was later killed when his fire truck overturned while responding to a call in New Orleans East, December 2, 2005. His film will be presented by Mickey Howley, a friend and relative of the firefighters of New Orleans East.

This screening of "The BellSouth Group" is offered in conjunction with the
Third Annual Conference of the Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies:
After Katrina: Rebuilding Landscapes, Rebuilding Cultures
Reservations are required for the pre-film banquet dinner ($25) only.
Conference details and registration form available at www.lsu.edu/lacsp or call (225)578-7809.


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