Joplin Proud

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Five years ago, this section of Joplin was littered with debris after an EF-5 tore through the city, killing 161 people. Today, the area known as “ground zero” at Cunningham Park has been rebuilt with many memorials, a children’s play area, and peaceful Butterfly Garden and overlook.

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

The city of Joplin has been readying to observe the fifth anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that devastated the community on May 22, 2011. Joplin Proud, an organization comprised of community volunteers, is hosting a series of events starting Thursday and leading up to Sunday, May 22.