Over 100 residents attended the event held at the corner of Mirabeau Avenue and Warrington Drive in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans.
Irvin Mayfield Jr. played the first song he ever learned, “A Closer Walk with Thee” on the Elysian trumpet, hand-built by David Monette, the modern master of trumpet design, and dedicated to the memory of Irvin Mayfield, Sr. and all of the victims of the flooding on August 29, 2005.
The event closed with the release of two doves by Big Chief Clarence Dalcour of the Tribe Creole Osceola.
While the Historic Plaque is Levees.org’s gift to the people of Gentilly, the text was crafted and the location was chosen in collaboration with the neighborhood association leaders and affected residents.
Levees.org supporters paid for the Plaque which cost $1740. Mr. Mayfield offered a contribution of $1000 toward to the Plaque.