Vera’s Shrine…

…is GONE!

Nearly everyone who ever ventures to the Lower Garden District has seen the shrine erected to remember Vera Smith. She was killed by a hit-and-run driver in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at the intersection of Jackson and Magazine. Her body lay in the street for several days until locals were able to dig a temporary resting place. Since her body was removed to its final place, the lot has been the site of the handmade memorial that always had candles, flowers and other memorabilia.

But all this has been removed. The lot has been for sale for quite some time and I don’t know if the shrine was removed by the realtor or the owner of the property (which is highly valuable). I plan on calling this realtor and getting some more details and will pass along whatever I can find out. But it would seem fitting that Vera be remembered in some fashion by whomever the new owner turns out to be. Perhaps the shrine was considered detrimental to sales interest, I dunno.

But damn….

5 Comments so far

  1. Mark Folse (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 10:03 am

    I notice its steady dimunition over the last several months, but something was still there when I last passed that way about a month ago.

    It’s a damn shame that it would be taken down.

  2. kapaali (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    that’s awful.

  3. Craig (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 7:19 am

    It’s a Prodential-Gardner sign. 891-6400. The little sign below it says “Call the Francher-Perrin team at 251-6400.”

    On Monday, I think I will.

  4. Owen (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 9:34 am

    I understand the distress, but the property owner and/or the realtor probably removed the shrine because it was hurting their chances of selling the propery.

    If I were concerned about this, I’d contact your city councilperson rather than the realtor. The city could either buy part of the property or purchase an easement on the property in order to preserve the shrine or put in place some other rememberance (such as a plaque).

  5. Craig (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    That’s a fair compromise. Business is business. But I’d just hate to see this completely forgotten.

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