THE ICON: William E. Borah
THE LEGACY: The defining moment in Bill Borah’s professional career came unexpectedly. It was 1965, and he was relaxing at the Napoleon House bar. Talk soon turned to the frustration over plans — well underway but previously unknown to Borah — to build an elevated riverfront expressway that would cut off the French Quarter from the Mississippi. “My life changed,” Borah would later say. The holder of a law degree from Tulane, he would become the determined, public face of the fight to stop construction of the expressway. That fight — dubbed “the second Battle of New Orleans” — would ultimately be successful, standing as proof that a determined citizenry can, indeed, stand up to the establishment and, more importantly, preserving the city’s oldest and most treasured neighborhood.
THE ARTIST: Sean Randall, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “We all know that eternal vigilance is the price we must all pay for democracy. We have also learned that is also the price we must pay if we desire to protect and preserve the quaint and distinctive character of this city that we all love.” — Bill Borah