Today in History: Black Friday, Tornado ’87

27 years ago, Edmonton was struck by a F4 tornado that killed 27 people, injured over 300, and caused more than $332.27 million in damage. Inspired by the overwhelming community response to the disaster, former mayor Laurence Decore called Edmonton a “City of Champions.” Unfortunately, the slogan has lost its original meaning over time as many associated it with the local sport franchises. Few widely-known tributes exist, including a song by the Rural Alberta Advantage and a privately-grown memorial tree. Perhaps less known is the memorial monument erected in Hermitage Park.

Tornado Memorial in Hermitage Park. Photo by Everett Haga.

Tornado Memorial in Hermitage Park. Photo by Everett Haga.