Dust Bowl Survivors Gather At Oklahoma Capitol To Mark 80 Years Since ‘Black Sunday’

Apr 17, 2015

Dust Bowl survivor Pauline Hodges traveled to the Oklahoma Capitol to speak at an event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the "Black Sunday" dust storm.
Credit StateImpact Oklahoma

There are a handful of people still around who remember the darkness that feel over Oklahoma 80 years ago. Black Sunday was commemorated at the Oklahoma Capitol by Dust Bowl Survivors recently.

Survivor Pauline Hodges, who was only 5 at the time, recounts the onset of the storm at the Capitol, “It looked like night. There was so much dirt in the air and that made it so black.”

State Impact's Joe Wertz reports, “The Black Sunday storm has become an icon of the Dust Bowl and an illustration of poor farming, land and water management practices in drought-prone regions.”