Nature’s Fury—the Impact of Climate Change in the US South DAY II—Monday

Vestiges of Segregation in Cordova, AL?

Cordova, AL is a small town in Northwest Alabama, with a population of just over 2000 people. When Mr. Simelton, Reverend Forte, and I arrived in town we met with a trio of brothers, where the new head of the virtual household is 22 years old. Their story appears to be a stark demonstration of the sad vestiges of segregation in the US.

By their report, on April 27th, knowing that the tornados were coming, the youngest son, Madison, along with his mother and his two friends walked a block away to a neighboring church, a predominantly white church, seeking shelter.  Reportedly, they were turned away, though there were supposedly others in the church at the time who had been granted refuge. They returned home to take shelter in their home.  The storm struck while they were huddled together in the hallway and after it passed the mother and two friends were dead having been flung in a ditch and in the street respectively. The young man was also flung into the street from the house, but managed to survive with multiple injuries.

Remnants of the church

 

Former Site of Family Home

The NAACP Alabama State Conference President, is reaching out to the church and others to investigate the situation.  Meanwhile the community has come together to support the family by providing financial assistance, including paying for the funeral. Madison will be going to live in Hawaii with his brother who is in the military.

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