Workers Outside a Home Damaged by Flood, Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA

Accession Number

Workers Outside a Home Damaged by Flood, Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA

Leonard Freed

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
vintage gelatin silver print on paper

8 x 10 in. ( 20.32 x 25.4 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80

Subject matter
This photograph represents a family and their neighbors clearing debris from a backyard after massive flooding hit Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Though it made landfall as a tropical storm, former Hurricane Agnes became one of the most devastating natural disasters in modern U.S. history due to the floods and tornadoes it caused across much of the eastern seaboard. Wilkes-Barre was particularly affected and had to be evacuated when the Susquehanna River crested its banks, resulting in 128 deaths and billions of dollars in damage. Freed, known for images of the Civil Rights Movement, here photographs residents who have returned to the city after the storm has subsided. Freed focuses on not only the flood's devastation but also its effects on the community and on individuals. 

Physical Description
A group of people standing in the middle of a flooded area looking through their belongings.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
black and white print

Collection Area

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floods (natural events)
people (agents)

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