In the deliberations concerning the renaming of Gov. Nichols (the street where I lived in Quarter), I suggest that the street be named Shaw, or Clay Shaw street. Mr. Shaw was a pioneering preservationist and renovator in the Quarter, and a bronze plaque on the present Gov. Nichols honors his efforts. Not only would this honor reflect his efforts in the Quarter, it would begin to address the injustice he suffered at the hands of the D.A. of New Orleans, Jim Garrison, and the further infamy of the ill-advised and fact-starved JFK movie. In view of the long time LGBT+ presence in the Quarter, it is only fitting that one of the streets bear the name of an illustrious member of that community.
Author of Madame Vieux Carre, The French Quarter in the Twentieth Century (2009) and The Faubourg Marigny of New Orleans: A History (2018)