Key to New Orleans

Box 27 Folder 1 Envelope 2

1956.010.008 Marshall

1956.010.008 (2) Marshall

This “Key to the City” of New Orleans was presented to George C. Marshall on one of his visits to the Crescent City, probably during Mardi Gras of 1949. The awarding of a key to a city dates back to ancient times when the gate of a walled city could only be accessed by those deemed trustworthy and honorable. Centuries later the awarding of keys may symbolize gratitude, honor and respect for the recipient, or a public relations opportunity for both recipient and city. George C. Marshall also received keys from the cities of Fairfield, Ohio, Youngstown, Ohio, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.