"Forty years later, the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans apologized for its silence in a statement to TIME: “In retrospect, if we did not release a statement we should have to be in solidarity with the victims and their families,” Archbishop Gregory Aymond said via email on June 17. “The church does not condone violence and hatred. If we did not extend our care and condolences, I deeply apologize.”
New Orleans Historical site mentions a memorial plaque that took 40 years to have made, but the article also clarifies just how small a gesture it is, and the grim truth of what happened in the aftermath of the fire. The plaque is mostly involved in paranormal tours. This article in The Advocateshows that even graves remain unmarked. Some families feel these small gestures are not enough and there is more that people should know.
Filmmaker Sheri L. Wright brings new developments to this important story and uses her investigations to bring this mystery ever closer to potential resolution with never before seen interviews, updates and stories. With several camera operators, a multitude of volunteers, a group of musicians, $20,000 in donations and a promise, she has spent many road trips and late nights to fulfill her promise to share their stories.
Follow her as she leads this grassroots group in creating a memorial for those lost in the fire and a truly moving film to inspire understanding and open communication about public safety, civil rights and social justice.