‘Tornado April 3, 1974: Then And Now’

When April comes around, memories of the April 3, 1974 tornado are relived when there’s the least bit of wind. Photographer Fred DiGiovanni was there with his camera, documenting the destruction in The Highlands caused by the F4 tornado. Part two of the exhibition features a current view of the locations DiGiovanni photographed that day. For example, Cherokee Park is different from what it was before and after the tornado — thousands of trees were downed — and what it is today. All total, three people died, 207 were injured and over 900 houses were destroyed.


Photographic Archives Gallery, Ekstrom Library, UofL

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‘Tornado April 3, 1974: Then And Now’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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