25 years later and USC still remembers Hugo - DatelineCarolina

25 years later and USC still remembers Hugo

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Memories from all parts of South Carolina are captured in this display. Memories from all parts of South Carolina are captured in this display.
The exhibition is now open to the public through January 9. The exhibition is now open to the public through January 9.

By: Princess Faith 

USC's Hollings Library is opening a new exhibit commemorating the 25th anniversary of hurricane Hugo hitting South Carolina. The Hugo exhibit is brought to life through multimedia displays of the state's preparation, damage and recovery.

"For this collection we drew primarily on the papers of governors and members of Congress because they were obviously very involved in the preparation and recovery from Hurricane Hugo," explained Dorothy Walker Associate Director of SC Political Collections.

 Hurricane Hugo was a category four hurricane when it slammed into the coast. Hugo made landfall on September 21, 1989 and in 24 hours left the state in turmoil. The hurricane killed 27 South Carolinians, cost billions of dollars in damages and left one too many without a home.

Twenty-five years later South Carolinians are ready to share their memories through a collection of pictures, videos, and letters. Visitors are encouraged to share their memories and experiences during Hurricane Hugo on a white board display.

Walker hopes students come to the exhibit and will learn a small piece of South Carolina's history that had a huge impact.

The exhibit is free and open to the public now through January 9. Visitors can enjoy the exhibit 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It's in the South Carolina Political Collections Gallery in the Hollings Library. The Hollings Library is in the Thomas Cooper Library on the USC campus.

For more information, call the Hollings Library at (803) 777-3847.

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