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Centennial hurricane exhibit on display at the courthouse

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 14:30:39-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A new exhibit opened up today that tells the story of the 1919 hurricane that devastated Corpus Christi.

The storm hit the city on Sept. 14, 1919.

The official number of dead was 284, but it’s believed many more people actually died.

The new exhibit features photographs and postcards that tell the story of Corpus Christi before, during and after the storm.

“It’s really interesting to see the human element of it, so like really see the postcards kind of represented like this,” said Andrea Hempstead, an assistant professor at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “This was a vacation destination and it was a thriving town.”

The exhibit was prepared by the Nueces County Historical Commission and it features items from local residents and libraries.

And you can check it out on the first floor of the Nueces County Courthouse.