It was time to unveil a historic marker for low-key civil rights figure Ellis Marsalis Sr. but the pale blue sheath around the marker stayed fast. Officials heaved and jumped, tugged at corners, pulled ribbons in all directions. Finally it gave way.
It seemed almost fitting, said relatives of Marsalis, who died in 2004 in a house near the marker's location on River Road in Old Jefferson. He raised a family of musicians prone to the limelight but was never one to toot his own trumpet.