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Trailblazers honored on Tulane campus

February 22, 2022 9:30 AM
Tulane Today staff today@tulane.edu


Law students Antonio Milton and Matthew Tonglet pass by a portrait of Tulane Trailblazer, alumnus and Board of Tulane member Wayne Lee. Lee has been committed to improving diversity within the law profession. The portrait was installed in Weinmann Hall last summer. (Photo by Rusty Costanza)


Three Tulane alumni were honored recently with permanent installations on the university’s uptown campus. At Tulane Law School, a portrait of Wayne Lee was installed this past summer. A New Orleans attorney and a member of the Board of Tulane, Lee has been committed over the course of his career to improving diversity in the law profession. Lee will serve as the 2022 Commencement speaker for Tulane Law School.

Read more about Wayne Lee here.

The Décou-Labat Residences honor the first African American graduates of Tulane University and Newcomb College, Reynold Décou and Deirdre Dumas Labat. The residences were formally dedicated in 2019, and a plaque commemorating that event was recently installed on the building.

Alumni Décou and Labat were among the first Tulane Trailblazers honored by the university. Read about them and other individuals who are important to Tulane’s diversity history here.

A plaque commemorating two of the original Tulane Trailblazers, Reynold Décou and Deirdre Dumas Labat, is installed on the Décou-Labat residence hall on the Tulane uptown campus. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)