When Leslie Cochran passed away in 2012, Austin lost an icon. Now the legacy of Leslie will live on in the form of a new landmark unveiled on Sixth Street.
On Wednesday, the Pecan Street Association dedicated a special plaque to the "Queen of Austin" and his unique spirit. A wall outside of The Nook Amphitheater (formerly the Black Cat, one of Leslie's favorite haunts) will house the memorial.
From his multiple mayoral runs to his attention-grabbing antics, Leslie is synonymous with keeping Austin weird.
Reads the plaque:
Leslie, Queen of Austin (born Albert Leslie Cochran), roamed 6th St. in g-strings and heels with his trademark goatee, and had a saucy comment for every passerby who snapped a photo with him. A political activist, he ran for mayor three times, coming in second place once. The Black Cat, at 309 E. 6th, was his favorite bully pulpit and he would have loved the famous Live Music Capital of the World mural now inside.
Cochran embodied the "Keep Austin Weird" spirit, inspiring dress-up refrigerator magnets and the iLeslie phone app with soundbites and interviews. Mayor Lee Leffingwell declared March 8 "Leslie Cochran Day," proclaiming him an indelible image in the memories of many Austin visitors and tourists.
This is the eighth plaque from the Pecan Street Association. The plaques highlight vibrant buildings and Austinites that have contributed to Sixth Street's rich history.