On Saturday, May 19, staff from the Amistad Research Center were honored to attend the unveiling ceremony for a historical marker designating the residence of civil rights leader Alexander Pierre “A.P.” Tureaud. Born in New Orleans in 1899, Tureaud studied at Howard University’s law school in Washington, DC. He returned to New Orleans after graduation and began a career that would lead him to the forefront of legal battles to challenge Jim Crow laws throughout the state of Louisiana. He served as the state’s only active African American lawyer between 1937 and 1947. Tureaud challenged segregation of schools throughout Louisiana, as well as city parks and public facilities, and pay inequality for teachers and principals.
A.P. Tureaud’s papers are one of the most frequently used resources at the Amistad Research Center, and he was the subject of a recent biography by A.P. Tureaud Jr. and Rachel L. Emanuel. The historical marker and public unveiling were the result of the dedicated work by the A.P. Tureaud Sr. Legacy Committee. Amistad extends its congratulations on an honor well-deserved.