Hurricane Hattie Exhibit Open At Corozal House Of Culture
Today, we caught up with Debra Wilkes Gray the coordinator at the Corozal House of Culture, who shared with us about the tragedy of when British Honduras, now Belize, was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Hattie in 1961 as a Category 5 Storm.
Debra Wilkes Gray- Coordinator Corozal House of Culture
“The Corozal House of Culture open the exhibits on behalf of NICH and we open this Tuesday January 15th and it will be on for a month until roughly around February 15th and the exhibit itself is an educational exhibit, it is supported with many photographs, document on the devastation of Hurricane Hattie as well as documented information for the public. Real educational tool, this exhibit talks about the preparation, the devastation and rebuilding. There were over ten thousand people left homeless after the hurricane so there is information about Hattieville being built as temporary refuge as well as the new capital Belmopan being introduce and this is something that all Belizeans to come and see and really grasp the magnitude of hurricanes.”
The exhibit was planned in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Museums of Belize, Houses of Culture, and the National Institute of Culture and History. The Corozal House of Culture is opened Monday to Friday from 8am-12 noon and from 1pm to 5pm for those who wish to go back into time when this phenomenon hit our land. The exhibit will come to an end on the fifteenth of February.