Sandra Rhodes
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Sandra Rhodes finds a moment to laugh amid the tragedy and destruction Hurricane Katrina caused to the family’s funeral homes in New Orleans. As she and other family members were unpacking salvaged items from their flooded business on Washington Avenue in New Orleans, she realizes she had taken special care to pack an orchid, only to find that it was made of silk. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Kathleen Rhodes looks at an old fan while going through salvaged items gathered from the family’s flooded funeral home in New Orleans. The fan has pictures of the three Rhodes sisters. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Sandra Rhodes carries papers salvaged from her family’s funeral home in New Orleans. The Rhodes funeral home, which offers traditional African-American services, has relocated to a historic building in Baton Rouge, La. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
A paper with directions to a cemetery from the Rhodes Funeral Home in New Orleans lays tattered in the parking lot in New Orleans. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Sandra Rhodes looks at an old family photograph that was damaged in the floods, which ravaged New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)