New Orleans businessman honored for commitment to Coast Guard museum _lowres

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA -- James J. Coleman Jr., right, of New Orleans was presented the Alexander Hamilton Public Service Award by Richard J. Grahn, president and CEO of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Wednesday at the New Orleans Port Authority.

New Orleans businessman and civic leader James J. Coleman Jr. has been recognized for his 17 years of service in support of a planned National Coast Guard Museum. The project, which is in its design phase on the historic downtown waterfront in New London, Connecticut, will honor the Coast Guard’s 225 years of service.

The National Coast Guard Museum Association Inc. presented its inaugural Alexander Hamilton Public Service Award to Coleman Wednesday at a ceremony hosted by the New Orleans Port Authority.

Richard J. Grahn, president and executive director of the association, said Coleman was chosen for the award because of his steadfast commitment to the museum. Coleman is chairman of the board of directors of National Coast Guard Museum Inc.

In February, Coleman acquired for restoration the New London Union Station, which is adjacent to the museum site and is a critical part of its continuing development.

Coleman is the former chairman of International Matex Tank Terminals, a previously owned family company involved in handling, storing and shipping bulk liquids. Coleman also has served as managing partner of New Orleans law firm Coleman, Johnson, Artigues & Jurisich and as president of Coleman Development Co.