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Blackwell Tornado of 25-26 May 1955

Photos of the Memorial Dedication on May 25, 2005

At 6 PM CDT on May 25, 2005, the 50th anniversary of the F5 Blackwell tornado, a dedication ceremony of the new Blackwell Tornado Memorial took place at Memorial Park in Blackwell. The Memorial Park is located at 1400 South Main in Blackwell, Oklahoma. Local community officials, tornado survivors, and relief workers were present during the ceremony. Two representatives from the NWS Norman forecast office were also in attendance.

Following the dedication, a reception took place at the Cherokee Strip Chapter of the American Red Cross in Blackwell. The reception gave the opportunity for Blackwell residents to visit with the tornado survivors, reminisce, and view the 1955 Tornado Book, which contains pictures, letters, stories and many other items of interest about this disaster. The Tornado Book will continue to be available for viewing for several months at the Blackwell Public Library. The Tornado Book is usually at the office of the Cherokee Strip Chapter, American Red Cross. Stories of survival and other historical items will continue to be added to the Tornado Book in the future.

May 25, 2005 dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial May 25, 2005 dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial
Photo #1:  Shane Frye, the Director of the Blackwell Chamber of Commerce, speaks during the dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial on May 25, 2005. Shown in the photo from left to right are: Forrest Mitchell, NWS Norman; Mike Briggs, tornado survivor; Kathy Hawkins, Director of the Cherokee Strip Chapter of the Red Cross; Sally Norris, City Manager of Blackwell; Mark Cordell, Mayor of Blackwell; and Mr. Frye. Photo credit: Jennifer Palucki, NWS Norman. Photo #2:  Forrest Mitchell, Observation Program Leader at the NWS Norman forecast office, speaks during the dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial on May 25, 2005. Photo credit: Jennifer Palucki, NWS Norman.
May 25, 2005 dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial May 25, 2005 dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial
Photo #3: Kathy Hawkins, Director of the Cherokee Strip Chapter of the Red Cross, speaks during the dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial on May 25, 2005. Photo credit: Jennifer Palucki, NWS Norman. Photo #4: Close-up view of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial. Photo credit: Jennifer Palucki, NWS Norman.
May 25, 2005 dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial May 25, 2005 dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial
Photo #5: Photo of Blackwell residents and tornado survivors who attended the dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial. The Blackwell Memorial is shown in the left-center of the photo. Photo credit: Jennifer Palucki, NWS Norman. Photo #6: Photo of Blackwell residents and tornado survivors who attended the dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial. Photo credit: Jennifer Palucki, NWS Norman.
May 25, 2005 dedication ceremony of the Blackwell Tornado Memorial  
Photo #7: Blackwell residents and tornado survivors view the Blackwell Tornado Memorial. Photo credit: Jennifer Palucki, NWS Norman.  

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