The Key to the City of Springfield

This medieval tradition is meant to confer trust and honor; it grows from the medieval walled city whose gates were guarded during the day and locked at night. 

The key symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will, as a trusted friend of city residents. The actual 'Key to the City' would function to open the city gates.

In the modern era, the Key to the City is a beloved symbol of civic recognition and gratitude reserved for individuals whose service to the public and the common good rises to the highest level of achievement.

Keys to the City awarded by Mayor Ken McClure:

Feb. 10, 2020

Dr. Robert Spence, president emeritus of Evangel University.

April 19, 2021

Mary Lilly Smith, former director of City of Springfield Planning & Development

March 29, 2022

Johnny Morris, entrepreneur and conservationist

Sept. 19, 2022

William H. (Bill) Darr, entrepreneur and philanthropist

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