Hurricane KATRINA MEMORIAL
NEW ORLEANS KATRINA MEMORIAL
Under Louisiana law, the Coroner of a parish is responsible for the interment of unclaimed and unidentified decedents. Dr. Frank Minyard, Coroner of Orleans Parish, has been responsible for all Hurricane Katrina-related decedents.
The New Orleans Katrina Memorial Corporation was organized in late 2006 by Dr. Minyard for the charitable, non-profit establishment of a memorial in New Orleans, Louisiana to honor the victims of Hurricane Katrina with mausoleums to house the unidentified and identified but unclaimed victims of Hurricane Katrina. To this end, tax-deductible donations toward the construction costs of the memorial and for the perpetual care of this memorial were solicited. This Corporation was comprised of outstanding members of our community who worked hard to bring this concept to reality.
Matthews International, a world leader in memorial and mausoleum construction, was selected to design and build the New Orleans Katrina Memorial. The memorial incorporates both the curves of the Hurricane and the meditative quality of a labyrinth, an initial idea conceived by Dr. Jeffrey Rouse. The concept was then presented to Dave DeCarlo, Vice Chairman of Matthews International Corporation, and a design team under the direction of Chris Kroll developed the rendering.
On August 29, 2008 the unidentified and unclaimed victims of Hurricane Katrina were interred in the mausoleums at the Memorial, which was followed by a dedication ceremony that was hosted by Dr. Frank Minyard and Mayor C. Ray Nagin.