Workers Outside a Home Damaged by Flood, Wilkes-Barre, PA, USAArtist(s)Leonard FreedArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1972Medium & Supportvintage gelatin silver print on paperDimensions
8 x 10 in. ( 20.32 x 25.4 cm )Credit LineGift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80Subject 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 Photograph Primary Object Typeblack and white printCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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floods (natural events)