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The Trophy Key

The Barkley Forum awards keys as trophies as part of a unique tradition passed down by former Director Glenn Pelham. The Barkley Forum Trophy is a larger key cast from an antique brass key hidden in Georgia before Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864. The original key was found and donated to Emory University's Barkley Forum by Susan and Thomas Glenn Pelham. Nashville attorney Larry David Woods, a distinguished alumnus of Emory and former President of the Forum and of the national forensics fraternity Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha gave a grant to have Keys cast each year from the original key.