The American Dream Denied

We’re Still Here

For the Gordon Plaza residents, their fight for relocation is urgent and ongoing. The most recent report from the Louisiana Tumor Registry  found that cancer rates between 2001- 2015 within the census tract that includes Gordon Plaza had the second-highest sustained rates of cancer in the state of Louisiana.

Portrayed in this section of the exhibition are the current realities and sentiments of the Gordon Plaza residents as they navigate everyday life—finances, family, friendship— with the added weight of knowing their health and happiness are likely being compromised by the toxic conditions within their homes. While new alliances have reinvigorated their quest for relocation to a safe, healthy environment, after four decades of struggle these households are still here and still seeking a fair and fully funded relocation.

Justice too long delayed is justice denied.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letters from Birmingham Jail”

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