KING MILLING 2018-10-18T15:46:37-05:00

Project Description

THE ICON: King Milling

THE LEGACY: King Milling, who has a long record of community service, was president of Whitney Bank for 24 years — he retired in 2008 — and also reigned as Rex, king of Carnival, in 1993. But in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 BP oil spill, he has taken on, with passion, what may be his most important role of all: preserving Louisiana’s fragile coastline and making sure that people understand why it is important. Saving the coast “is not just about the environment. It’s about culture, commerce and survival,” he said in a 2009 interview. “It doesn’t take a genius to understand the infrastructure is at risk, the future is at risk. That’s what we will lose if we don’t do anything. I think that used to shock some people, but it doesn’t anymore.”

THE ARTIST: Saegan Swanson

THE INSPIRATION: “I’m probably less patient after Katrina because I think that this is a time when, if you’re going to live in this community, it’s time to put every effort you can toward rebuilding, … to the point when it can be and will be what we’ve all hoped it can be.” — King Milling, in a 2009 interview with The Times-Picayune