Telephone Totem for Helen Hill

Collection

Shortly after New Orleans filmmaker Helen Hill was murdered on January 4, 2007 this sign appeared on the telephone pole near the front door of her home at 2444 N. Rampart Street. Friends of Helen and her husband, Dr. Paul Gailiunas, and their 2-year-old son, Francis, left flowers, cards, photos and other tributes at a makeshift altar set up on the sidewalk in front of the house. Gailiunas was shot twice in the attack while protecting his son from the gunman.He and the child survived. \r\n Text of the sign: \"You are the kindest person I ever met. I\'ll miss you Helen Hill.I\'m so lucky to have been your friend. We [heart] you.\"\r\n The sign was later removed from the telephone pole and attached to the front of Hill & Gailiunas\' flooded, gutted house on Cleveland Avenue in Mid-City. \r\n

Citation

Anita Yesho, “Telephone Totem for Helen Hill,” Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, accessed December 12, 2019, http://hurricanearchive.org/items/show/31110.