Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans Legends

At a recent ceremony, Mayor Mitch Landrieu honored a group of citizens as New Orleans Legends.  The medal ceremony was the third time the Mayor has bestowed the honor.

“The New Orleans Legends Awards recognizes living individuals whose exceptional accomplishments have contributed to the unique identity of New Orleans and her people,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “While we will create opportunities to honor those leaders and trailblazers who are no longer with us, we are privileged to honor those who have been not only an important part of making New Orleans the city she is today, but who also laid the foundation upon which we will build our future.”

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsBig Chief Monk  Boudreaux

Joseph Pierre “Big Chief Monk” Boudreaux is the leader of the Golden Eagles, a Mardi Gras Indian tribe of New Orleans. Born in New Orleans, Boudreaux is a vital figure in the Indian tradition and has steadfastly distinguished himself as a gifted folk artist and dynamic performing musician through his unwavering dedication to this singular African American culture.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsJackie Clarkson 

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Brechtel Clarkson is a businesswoman and political leader who has also dedicated her life to public service. Clarkson is a former president of the New Orleans City Council and a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsJoAnn Clevenger

JoAnn Clevenger is a renowned restaurateur and hospitality legend. Clevenger grew up in Central Louisiana and realized her culinary passion at an early age. Currently the owner of Upperline restaurant, she continues to follow her belief that, “Restaurants were originally more than just a place to find a meal; restaurants existed to soothe and bolster the weary soul with comfort and indulgence.”

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsRabbi Ed Cohn

Rabbi Ed Cohn is a past president of the South West Association of Reform Rabbis. Rabbi Cohn was appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans to Chair the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Project and has been appointed to the Ethics Review Board by Mayor Landrieu. Dr. Cohn served as founding Chairman of the City Human Relations Commission and is an active leader in the Jewish and larger communities of the New Orleans metropolitan region.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsJames J. Coleman Jr.

James J. Coleman Jr. is the former CEO of International Matex Terminals and president of Coleman Development Company. He serves as the Honorary Consul General of Great Britain and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1986. He serves on the board of the US Navy League, New Orleans, and the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, Rhode Island.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsShirley Trusty Corey

Shirley Trusty Corey’s 46-year career includes impacts on education and the arts through innovative programs as a teacher and an arts administrator.  Her vision and passion are matched only by her ability and accomplishments such as founding the renowned New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsBrother William J. Dardis

Brother William J. Dardis has been a member of the Jesuit staff for 53 years.  He has been a stalwart supporter of all things Jesuit and has shaped the lives of countless graduates and staff members. He continues to use his many talents to make an impact on his community.  

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsQuint Davis

Quint Davis is CEO of Festival Productions Inc. and the producer and director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, one of the world’s great festivals. His efforts have been instrumental in the growth of the Jazz & Heritage Festival, bringing international prominence to an event showcasing Louisiana music, food and crafts.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsThe Honorable Eldon Fallon

Eldon Fallon, a New Orleans native, is a United States District Judge and is a legal pioneer in multidistrict litigation. Judge Fallon has an extensive history of innovative litigations that have made a positive impact on the New Orleans community.  As a legal scholar, he has written several books and articles on complex litigation issues.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsThe Honorable Marty Feldman

Martin Feldman serves as a Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan. He is also a judge on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center, and Chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsRuthie Frierson

A well-respected civic leader and successful businesswoman, Ruthie Frierson is recognized for her leadership and her ability to bring diverse interests and groups together to reach consensus. After Katrina, she conceived and galvanized a grassroots movement of citizen volunteers to form Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans.  The organization serves as an advocate for deep systemic reform for flood safety, public education, criminal justice and good government. Her considerable talents, energy and accomplishments have been widely recognized with the Times-Picayune Loving Cup, Junior League of New Orleans Sustainer of the Year award, and the Young Leadership Role Model award.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsDr. Juan Gershanik

Dr. Juan Gershanik is a New Orleans pediatrician and civic activist who developed the first neonatal intensive care unit with an organized transport system for sick newborns in the state. Dr. Gershanik is the author of numerous research publications in the field of pediatrics and neonatology.  Dr. Gershanik and his wife are patrons of many New Orleans area non-profit organizations.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsSteve Gleason

Steve Gleason played for The New Orleans Saints from 2000-2008. As a counter-culture athlete who spent his off-season adventuring in third world countries, he will always be remembered for his blocked punt on the night the Superdome reopened for the first time after Hurricane Katrina.

After Steve was diagnosed with ALS, it became his mission to show that patients can not only live but thrive after this diagnosis. With that in mind, Steve and his wife, Michel, formed “Team Gleason” to help him accomplish those goals and more.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsMac “Dr. John” Rebennack

The legendary Dr. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex, Frankie Ford and Allen Toussaint.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsJames Rivers

James Rivers is a staple on the New Orleans music scene. A native of Treme, this legendary musician’s talents extend far past the neighborhood in which he grew up. His musical genius is evident across a wide range of instruments including the saxophone, harmonica, flute, and bagpipes.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsPhyllis M. Taylor

Phyllis M. Taylor serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at Taylor Energy Company, LLC. Her generosity and kind spirit are known throughout the state. As a champion for education, she has worked tirelessly to carry on the legacy of her late husband, Patrick Taylor.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honors New Orleans LegendsIrma Thomas

GRAMMY award winner Irma Thomas has earned the title “Soul Queen of New Orleans” for her robust vocals and electric stage presence.  Her very first single reached no. 22 on the Billboard charts in 1960 and later began a long professional association with the legendary singer/songwriter Allen Toussaint. She is a true musical treasure who has serenaded the world and has been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Dave Bartholomew (not pictured) 

Dave Bartholomew was a pioneer in the rock and roll revolution and a maverick on the American music scene as a whole. As a bandleader, trumpet player, producer and businessman, Bartholomew’s expertise paved the way for musicians like Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis and Lloyd Price.

Lin Emery (not pictured)

Lin Emery is a New Orleans sculptor  whose work can be found throughout New Orleans. Her kinetic art is derived from nature and its – wind, water and magnets. Emery’s career began while in Paris when she found her way to a famous sculptor’s studio and asked for lessons. That curiosity led to her talents being cultivated and transformed into a gift to the world.

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