1:07 PM

It was Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, two days before the levees broke, when Terence Blanchard decided he’d better cancel a class he was about to teach at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles and catch a flight to New Orleans to help evacuate his family. Before Hurricane Katrina’s full force hit his hometown, he, his wife and their two children had driven to safety in Atlanta. His mother and her sister drove to Mississippi, and his two older children and their mother found refuge in Texas.

Blanchard’s house in the Garden District suffered broken windows and water damage from the rain that poured in during the hurricane but was otherwise salvageable. His mother, Wilhelmina Blanchard, wasn’t as fortunate.