Celebrating Barbara Lacen Keller: The Mayor of Central City and Champion of New Orleans

As we come to an end of celebrating Women’s History Month, we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on the remarkable legacy of one of our community’s brightest stars, Barbara Lacen Keller. Fondly known as “The Mayor of Central City,” Barbara was a true pillar in our midst.

Throughout her life, Barbara poured her heart and soul into shaping the landscape of New Orleans, leaving an indelible mark on both its cultural and political spheres. From spearheading the founding of the New Orleans Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force to dedicating years of service as the Director of Constituent Services for Council District B, Barbara was a force to be reckoned with.

A tireless advocate for all things New Orleans, Barbara consistently championed the rights of local musicians and culture bearers. As a cultural bearer herself, and as the beloved spouse of the late Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, she brought invaluable insight and passion to her role on the Board of Directors for WWOZ from 2011 until her passing in 2023.

This Women’s History Month, let us take a moment to celebrate the extraordinary life and legacy of Barbara Lacen Keller.

Her impact on our city and beyond will forever be remembered and cherished.