New Orleans Residents Use Color to Restore Hope

Yolanda and Antoine Duplessis

Yolanda and Antoine Duplessis stand in their daughter's newly-painted bedroom in St. Bernard Parish. The house was rebuilt by volunteers. Pam Fessler, NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Pam Fessler, NPR

Color is among the vibrant signs of hope for those recovering from Hurricane Katrina. As the wrecked, washed-out homes of Gulf Coast residents are slowly rebuilt, bright, cheerful, colorful paint seems to be the one thing strong enough to wipe away the past.

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