Alexander Pierre Tureaud


    Alexander Pierre Tureaud was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 26, 1899.  He received his early education in the schools of New Orleans.  He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., and earned his LL. B. degree from Howard University School of Law.  He was admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia in 1925.  In 1927, he returned to Louisiana and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar.  He worked in the law offices of Attorney Rene' C. Metoyer, one of but a few Black attorneys in the State of Louisiana, at that time, and Joseph A. Thornton.

    Attorney Tureaud became a member of the local N.A.A.C.P., and for the next forty-five years he devoted his life to improving the conditions of his oppressed people.  He was appointed to the Legal Defense Fund of the organization.  Tureaud became a member of the Knights of Peter Claver for which he was a diligent worker.  He served on the Board of Housing Authority of New Orleans, which provides public housing for the poor.  He was an avid fighter for human rights and labored many years.  For a short period of time he was the only practicing Black attorney in the state of Louisiana.  He founded the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society.

    He handled the suit for the Louisiana Educational Association, for equalization of teacher salaries regardless of race.  As a result of his efforts, the Louisiana legislature passed a law to pay all teachers equal pay regardless of race.  Attorney Tureaud filed more than 30 law suits to desegregate the public schools of Louisiana and Mississippi.  He and Attorney Thurgood Marshall, United States Supreme Court Justice, then the National NAACP legal counsel successfully argued the case, Bush et al v. Orleans Parish School Board which was successful and led to the desegregation of Orleans Parish public schools.

    Attorney Tureaud handled law suits to desegregate Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and many public facilities.  He successfully argued the case, Hall vs. Nagel, which removed the test requirements for Negroes to register to vote.  Attorney A. P. Tureaud was often called "Mr. NAACP" because of his endless efforts to rid the South of segregation.

    On January 22, 1972, Attorney Tureaud died.  The untimely death of the great humanitarian was felt throughout the South.  On June 6, 1981 the city of New Orleans name a street in his honor, and the Housing Authority of New Orleans renamed their administration building in his honor for services rendered in the area of public housing in New Orleans.

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