Southern University Law Center (SULC) and the Southern University Shreveport campus (SUSLA) will host a ceremony unveiling a judicial portrait of the late Jesse N. Stone, Jr., from 3-5 p.m., Thursday, February 18, at the SUSLA Museum of Art, 610 Texas Street, in Shreveport.
The portrait of Dr. Stone, who was the first African American appointed to the Louisiana Supreme Court, is a gift to the Law Center from Chancellor Emeritus B. K. Agnihotri, Vice Chancellor Russell L. Jones, and Prof. Winston Riddick (retd.) in honor of their friend and mentor.
Stone was one of the law school’s first graduates, the first graduate to serve as Dean of the law school, and the first African-American Assistant State Superintendent of Education for the Louisiana Department of Education. He served as president of the Southern University System and on the SU Board of Supervisors. Throughout his career, Stone, a native of Gibsland, Louisiana, and a resident of Shreveport and Baton Rouge, advanced civil rights from the bar, in the political arena, within educational administration, and from the bench.
The portrait will become a part of the Law Center’s Judicial Wall of Fame, which was established in 2010.