A recent CBS5 report served to highlight what residents of New Orleans have known for years: this is a haunted city.
CBS5 reporter Janet Yee, embedded
with a unit of California National Guard
First Responders stationed in New Orleans
recently revealed that there’s something
more spooky than just the horrific images
of disaster and death surrounding them.
According to Yee, it seems that the hurricane
may have displaced more than just living
The Sophie B. Wright Middle
School on Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans
where the California Guard unit is stationed
has stood empty since the evacuation of
the city during Hurricane Katrina in August.
The Guards have taken over the school for
use as a staging area for assignments throughout
the storm-battered metropolitan area. These
daily assignments expose the Guardsmen to
some of the most devastated areas of the
city where, in the immediate aftermath of
the storm, bodies floated and the dead outnumbered
the living rescuers.
Sophie B. Wright Middle
School, CIRCA 1930 1426 Napoleon
New Orleans, LA 70115
But it’s the activities inside the school that have the California guardsmen most spooked, according to Yee’s report. Several guardsmen, many of whom are battle-hardened soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, recount chilling tales of shadowy spirits, unexplainable noises, and the ghost of a little girl who seems curious about the bustle of new activity inside the school.
“Said Sgt. Robin Hairston of the California National Guard: "I was in my sleeping bag and I opened by eyes and in the doorway was a little girl. It wasn't my imagination."
The California guards have a definite sense that they are not alone in the building. Many were so troubled that they asked the company chaplain to intervene. In an effort to dispel some of the fears, the chaplain went through the building, Bible and holy water in hand, and demanded of the spirits: “In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you Satan to leave the dark areas of this building.”
Which is all well and good, except that, as many experts contend, hauntings are not always the result of demonic infestation. This is something important to keep in mind, especially when staying in a city as haunted as New Orleans.
True to form, the Sophie B.
Wright School spirits kept right on manifesting.
According to Yee’s report Spc. Rosales Leanor had her own encounter with the ghosts in one of the school’s restrooms.
"I was using the restroom and I just saw a little shadow," Leanor said. "Kind of looming in front of me."
The twelve foot high ceiling of the restroom was damaged by a water leak during the storm that caused the old plaster to give way exposing the old woodwork and a gaping, black hole into an attic crawl space. This hole, Yee suggests and many of the guards believe, is a major source of the spirit activity now taking place inside the school. Yee herself claimed to have seen a “cloudy” apparition lingering near the ceiling of the restroom before she even began her investigative report.
In a hallway adjacent to the restroom is a janitor’s closet containing cleaning supplies. Oddly, this is the location where the ghost of the little girl is most often felt and heard. Another member of the Guard unit said that she saw and heard a little girl laughing when she opened the closet to retrieve some cleaning supplies.
The California Guards are taking the ghostly visits in stride and, as one might expect, it is just another strange part of their experience in the devastated city that was once New Orleans.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina many pundits and self-righteous individuals with axes to grind pointed to the devastation as a deliberate act of an angry God. Saying that God had finally acted on His displeasure by bringing a storm of retribution on a city they see as “the Sodom of the South.”
Before dismissing the claims as patently absurd it might be well to keep in mind the experiences of yet another National Guard unit at a Baton Rouge area marina. According to Yee, boats were tossed about like toys and there wasn’t a shred of trash or paper around except for a single Bible that was found nearby, open to the Book of Revelation.
Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, at a nearby church that was almost completely destroyed by the force of Hurricane Katrina another Bible was found, open to the exact same passages in Revelation.
The passages in question are Chapters
10 and 11 that make reference to the
“witnesses of God” who will
“. . . And their dead bodies will lay in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom . . . Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another…”
Of course, the detractors and, in this case at least, even the guardsmen didn’t completely read the Bible passage they so quickly held up as an epitaph for drowned New Orleans. Had they done so they might have found a more hopeful message:
“Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them ‘Come up here.’ And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them . . . and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
What Yee and the Guardsmen in her report seemed to overlook entirely is that New Orleans is a special city where for generations so many of our wise have walked hand in hand with the powers around us. Men and women of faith, representing nearly every culture and religion, have all contributed to the melting pot that is the fabulous City of New Orleans. Steeped in a predominantly Catholic culture, with a thriving community of Afro-Caribbean traditions, there is something about New Orleans that keeps everyone – living and dead – coming back and hanging around.
The guards stationed at Sophie B. Wright Middle School got only a tiny taste of the hauntings that fill this grand old town. Unfortunately, the disaster of Hurricane Katrina was so complete that in the minds of many it could only have been the act of an angry God.
Whatever forces of Nature and spirit combined to bring the horrible devastation of August on this City, the experiences recounted here just go to show that the true spirit(S) of New Orleans will never be kept down or categorized. Indeed, there are mighty protectors who have kept New Orleans alive for nearly three hundred years and perhaps it is these intelligences who left their calling cards in the aftermath of the storm?
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