THE ICON: Paul Tulane
THE LEGACY: Paul Tulane was the son of French immigrants who, by the time he was scarcely 20, had moved from New Jersey to New Orleans and opened the dry goods business on which he would build his fortune. That fortune would, in turn, support his lifelong habit of giving — call it the original green wave — including an 1881 donation of land worth $1 million for educational purposes in Louisiana. That donation would finance the University of Louisiana, which was subsequently named in his honor. More than 130 years later, Tulane University remains a vital part of the New Orleans community and Paul Tulane is remembered on as one of the city’s most notable philanthropists.
THE ARTIST: D. Lammie Hanson, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “His integrity in business; his pure and blameless life; his patriotism and fidelity to political principles; his exalted sense of honor, and his unbounded philanthropy, will endear his memory to the people of Louisiana for all time.” — Gov. John McEnery, on the legacy of Paul Tulane