THE ICON: Josephine Louise Newcomb
THE LEGACY: Mrs. Newcomb was grieving. Again. But after a lifetime of watching those closest to her die — her mother, her husband, her newborn son and now her 15-year-old daughter — Josephine Louise Newcomb found a measure of solace in philanthropy. Specifically, she found it in the establishing of H. Sophie Newcomb College, named to honor her daughter’s memory. It would be the first degree-granting “coordinate college” in the country — that is, a college for women but under the umbrella of, in this case, Tulane University — and, in the process, provide a blueprint for women’s higher education across the country.
THE ARTIST: Maddie Stratton, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “The magnificent donation … to fund a college for women in this city, is the third grand event in the educational history of New Orleans. First came the McDonogh free schools for the preliminary education of the young of both sexes. Next came the Tulane University for the higher education of males. Mrs. Newcomb has now crowned this grand system.” — The Daily Picayune, Oct. 31, 1886