Monday, May 21, 2012

Honoring A.P. Tureaud Sr.

Historical marker designating the
home of A.P. Tureaud Sr.
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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Summer Maintenance at Amistad

Due to facilities maintenance on the Center's ventilation system, the Center may close for a short period during the summer or experience disruptions to its reading room services. Although a date has not been set for this project, the Center wishes to make this announcement to potential researchers wishing to visit Amistad this summer. Details are forthcoming, and the staff will work to minimize disruptions to researcher services during the project. For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at (504) 862-3222 or reference (at)

Monday, May 7, 2012

e-Amistad Reports May 2012 edition now online

The May 2012 edition of e-Amistad Reports is now online. Amistad's quarterly electronic newsletter features news about the Center, its staff and collections, as well as upcoming events.  This issue features articles on recent visits by students and alumni, new online finding aids, as well new staff and the passing of old friends. Check it out!