CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| MARCH 13, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society and the A. P. Tureaud Sr. Legacy Committee were
joined by Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson and the Associate Justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court
today for the presentation and installation of the portrait of the late New Orleans civil rights attorney Alexander
Pierre “A.P.” Tureaud, Sr. Following the courtroom ceremony in the 400 Royal Street courthouse, the portrait
was permanently installed in the State Wing of the Louisiana Law Library, which is located on the courthouse
Second Floor. Painted by Haitian artist and New Orleans resident Ulrick Jean-Pierre, the portrait is a gift to the
Louisiana Supreme Court from A. P. Tureaud, Jr.
A. P. Tureaud, Sr. was the preeminent civil rights attorney of Louisiana from the mid 1920's until his
death in 1972. As the local attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Tureaud handled
nearly all of the desegregation and other civil rights cases filed in Louisiana that successfully ended Jim Crow
segregation throughout New Orleans and the state.
“In this year, as the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is fitting that
the portrait of this tireless civil rights attorney be prominently displayed in Louisiana’s highest court and that the
A. P. Tureaud, Sr. portrait will be the first African-American attorney portrait among the court’s historical
collection,” Chief Justice Johnson said.
The featured speaker of the courthouse ceremony was Dr. Norman C. Francis, President, Xavier
University of Louisiana. Francis was a colleague and friend of A. P. Tureaud, Sr.
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