The Kellers were important and dynamic
civic activists in New Orleans from the 1940's to the 1990's. They
were instrumental, both as a couple and individually, in developing
affordable housing for New Orleans' African American community
and integrating the city's public libraries and swimming pools.
The Kellers were recipients of many civic awards including Mr.
Keller's Alexis de Tocqueville Society award from the United Way
and Mrs. Keller's Times-Picayune Loving Cup.
The original mission of the Foundation
reflected the Keller's ideals and was not significantly different
than the mission of the Foundation today. That mission has now been
focused clearly on those issues the Trustees see as most critical
for our region.
The current Board of Trustees represents
the second and third generations of Keller descendents to serve
in that capacity.