THE ICON: Judah Touro
THE LEGACY: One theory is that lost love drove Judah Touro from his native Rhode Island. Whatever the reason, New Orleanians are fortunate that he chose our city as refuge. Touro, who arrived shortly before the Louisiana Purchase, thrived as a merchant in the growing port city. He lived frugally and used his wealth to help others. He funded the city’s first synagogue, which is now named for him. He also built a free public library, founded a home for the poor and bequeathed the money for what became Touro Infirmary, among dozens of other causes.
THE ARTIST: D. Lammie-Hanson, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “I have saved a fortune by strict economy, while others had spent one by their liberal expenditures.” — Judah Touro